Screenshot of Google Pinyin
|Stable release||126.96.36.199 / 2012-08-16|
|Preview release||188.8.131.52 / 2011-01-28|
|Operating system||Windows 2000 SP4 (1.2 only), Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, Android|
|Available in||Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese|
|Type||Input method editor|
|License||Google Terms of Service|
Google released a Pinyin IME system for Android 1.5 or newer in March 2009. It is not clear how much code this IME system shares in common with the closed-source Google Pinyin, although a lot of the core algorithms are written in C++ and called through a JNI bridge, hinting at a common source origin. The Android Pinyin IME supports user dictionary synchronization with the desktop version.
By the end of 2008, more than 20% users of Google Pinyin wanted a Linux version of the input method, which was answered in the FAQ section with a general PR phrase "We always strive to provide a better user experience and we never stop our hard work to fulfill the customer needs".
After Christmas 2009, the Google pinyin module for SCIM became also available for the Nokia Maemo 5 platform, which meant it could be downloaded to any Nokia N900 phone through the official application repositories.
Mac OS X
A closed beta version of Google Pinyin for Mac OS X was leaked on September 14, 2010. The first public version is not yet available.
Copyright infringement allegations
After Google Pinyin was initially released in April 2007, it was soon discovered that Google Pinyin's dictionary database contained employee names of Sogou Pinyin, an indication that the dictionary was taken from Sogou, one of Google's competitors in the Chinese Internet market. On April 8, 2007, Google admitted that they used "non-Google database resources". Shortly thereafter, a new version of Google Pinyin was released which no longer appeared to be based on Sogou's database.
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