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Google adds 100 virtual keyboards, typing tools to Gmail

updated 06:49 pm EDT, Wed October 10, 2012

Gmail supports typing in 75 languages

Google has added a number of different input options to Gmail, in an effort to increase the number of international users of the service. The new additions include over 100 input method editors and virtual keyboards, allowing for text entry in a number of languages that do not use the Roman Alphabet.

After selecting Enable Input Tools under Language in Settings, a new icon for Input Tools appears on the right hand side. The new menu lets users turn on and off any input tool they use, as well as set up new virtual keyboards when required. A Chrome extension, a Windows desktop client and an Android app are also able to be used, allowing the system to be used in other areas.

The addition of Input Tools means Gmail can now support typing in 75 languages, higher than the five initially supported when Indic Transliteration was introduced to Gmail in 2009. [via Gmail Blog]

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