India Keyboard The new default keyboard for 29 Indian Languages
India is witnessing an exponential rise in vernacular users across tiers. As the majority of more than 1.3 billion people in India which is the world’s 2nd largest smartphone market, rely heavily on local language and scripts, it becomes essential to innovate and improve the typing experience to support emerging vernacular needs. With an aim to make the text input experience, intuitive and inclusive for the growing number of vernacular users in India, we are proud to introduce the ‘New Samsung India Keyboard’ which makes typing in over 29 Indian regional languages faster, easier and seamless.
Type it as you'd write it!
Designed based on the phonetic principles of the Devanagri script the keyboard is structured to mirror the writing method of Indian languages, making the typing experience as easy as writing.
With faster typing speed and reduced chances of errors, the new keyboard empowers both advanced and beginners in regional language typing.
The Devanagari Script
The Devanagari script was developed in India in 4th century CE. The letters are ordered based on the phonetic principles that consider both manner and place of articulation of the consonants and vowels they represent. The arrangement is called ‘Varnamala’, means the garland of the letters.
The Phonetic Principles
The consonants are grouped based on the way they are being spoken, the phonetic principles example: the letters which are spoken by touching the tongue to front teeth (ta tha da dha na) are called Dental and so on. There are 7 groups of consonants as depicted below.
The Letter Matrix and Orientation
The arrangement of letters is a perfect matrix, which has a leading consonant and then a set of four following consonants. The group of five have a primary sound and then the following similar sounds.
The Arrangement of Letters in The New Samsung India
The new layout as per the vertical alignment of the Devanagari script makes it effortless to find the letters and upfront combinations makes it really fast to type.
The clear segregation of vowels and consonants provides balanced typing load on both the hands. As consonants are selected by one hand and vowels are selected by another, the typing experience remains same for both left and right hand users.
Choosing rather than creating
On selection of a consonant, all the possible combinations with the vowels along with the special characters appear at one place in the vowel toggle. No need to create the combinations, just pick the required combination from the toggle.
The keyboard layout is designed in a way that it can support 29 different Indian languages in the same grid.
Designed by the designers in Samsung Design Delhi, the New Samsung India Keyboard is available on all Galaxy models with One UI 4.