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Screenshot of Sogou Pinyin
|Stable release||7.1 / April 2, 2014|
|Operating system||Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X, Symbian S60, Windows Mobile, Android, iOS|
|Available in||Simplified Chinese，Traditional Chinese|
Sogou Pinyin Method (simplified Chinese: 搜狗拼音输入法; traditional Chinese: 搜狗拼音輸入法; pinyin: Sōugǒu Pīnyīn Shūrùfǎ) is a popular Chinese Pinyin input method editor developed by Sohu.com, Inc. under its search engine brand name, Sogou.
Sogou Pinyin is a dominant input software in China. By July 2011, Sogou Pinyin had an 83.6% penetration rate with more than 300 million users.
Sogou Pinyin provides features for customizing its dictionary, appearance and function. The dictionary of Sogou Pinyin can be enriched by adding so-called cell dictionaries, which contain words in special fields. The appearance of Sogou Pinyin can be changed using skins and animation. The function of Sogou Pinyin can be extended using extensions such as mouse-writing.
Copyright conflict with Google Pinyin
In April 2007, Sohu threatened to sue Google because after Google Pinyin's initial release, it was soon discovered that Google Pinyin's dictionary database contained employee names of Sogou Pinyin. 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.
Sogou Cloud Pinyin
- "Sogou Sets Sights on Google China".
- "Sogou Pinyin Cell Dictionaries".
- "Sogou Pinyin Skins".
- "Sogou Pinyin Extensions".
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