Google has rebranded its Hindi Keyboard app to Indic Keyboard and has also added support for 10 more regional languages apart from adding other features. The new Google Indic Keyboard is now available to download via Google Play.
The 10 languages supported by the Google Indic Keyboard, apart from Hindi, include Assamese, Bengali, Gujurati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, and Telugu.
The new Indic Keyboard comes with different modes including transliteration mode, which offers output in native language by spelling out the pronunciation using English letters; native keyboard mode offers typing directly in native script, and the Handwriting mode, currently available for Hindi only, allowing users to write on the phone screen directly. There is a Hinglish mode as well that suggests both English and Hinglish terms. According to Google Play listing, the new Indic Keyboard comes with improved suggestions in both transliteration mode and native keyboard mode in Hindi. The UI for switching modes has been also updated.