SwiftKey Chinese

Popular keyboard app SwiftKey has introduced comprehensive Chinese language support as part of its latest beta. The new SwiftKey beta brings support for Simplified Chinese, Taiwan Traditional Chinese and Hong Kong Traditional Chinese through a host of new input methods:

Simplified Chinese

  • QWERTY Pinyin input method
  • 12-Key Pinyin input method
  • Stroke input method

Taiwan Traditional Chinese

  • Full Key ZhuYin (Bopomofo) input method
  • 12-Key ZhuYin (Bopomofo) input method
  • Stroke input method

Hong Kong Traditional Chinese

  • Cangjie input method
  • Quick Cangjie input method
  • Stroke input method

As with other languages, the SwiftKey beta will allow Chinese language users to personalize their predictions using Gmail and social media accounts. And as it always has been, SwiftKey is aware of the context of what you're typing, meaning predictions will take into account what you're writing. What's more, the new beta brings some unique learning capabilities for Chinese users:

"We've enhanced SwiftKey's learning abilities just for our Chinese users. For example, as some Pinyin sequences can represent multiple Chinese characters, SwiftKey will learn each person's language to predict the word that's most suited to you. You can also write whole sentences in Pinyin and the app will still understand - even if you add a word the app hasn't seen before - leading to a truly personalized experience. For instance, using my own name (Zhengyu Chen) as an example, if I type "我叫陈峥宇" in one go as a sentence, SwiftKey will smartly detect and learn "陈峥宇" as a new word. Next time, if I type "chenzhengyu" or "czy" it will predict "陈峥宇"."

Those interested in testing out this work-in-progress SwiftKey beta can check it out over on the SwiftKey VIP forum.