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Screenshot of Sogou Pinyin
|Stable release||6.5 / November 27, 2012|
|Operating system||Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Symbian S60, Windows Mobile, Android|
|Available in||Simplified Chinese，Traditional Chinese|
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.
The latest stable version of Sogou Pinyin is 6.2, in which several new features such as customizable pinyin alias and simultaneous input of both English and Chinese are added.
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.
Problems with non-English keyboards
It does not recognize localized keyboards; it assigns all Western characters to their positions on the English keyboard (Y is always the sixth key from left on the second row of the keyboard), that means the mapping of the keys and the relevant characters does not work. The English-speaking world uses a QWERTY-keyboard; other language groups use other keyboards, e.g. the German-speaking world uses a QWERTZ-keyboard. Different from input of western words (like "zebra" or "yet") on a German keyboard, the Sogou Pinyin Method does not recognize that on a German keyboard the letters "Z" and "Y" are interchanged. Like this, using the "Sogou Pinyin Method" on German keyboard when a user wants to type the Chinese words 'you 有' you get 'zou 走' instead, and if you type 'yi 一' you get 'zi 字' instead.
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
Version 18.104.22.168 （2006.6.5） Version 22.214.171.124 (2006.6.21) Version 126.96.36.199 (2006.7.21) Version 188.8.131.52 (2006.8.15) Version 184.108.40.206 (2006.9.5) Version 1.5 Beta1 (2006.10.11) Version 1.5 Beta2 (2006.11.17) Version 1.5 Beta3 (2007.1.17) Version 2.0 (2007.1.29 ) Version 3.0 Beta1 (2007.3.2) Version 3.0 Beta2 (2007.7.2) Version 3.0 (2007.10.18) Version 3.1 (2007.12.28) Version 3.2 (2008.2.4) Version 3.3 (2008.5.5) Version 3.5 (2008.6.5) Version 3.6 (2008.9.11) Version 4.0 (2008.12.29) Version 4.1 (2009.3.18) Version 4.2 (2009.6.5) Version 4.3 (2009.10.26) Version 4.3.1 (2009.12.2) Version 5.0 (2010.3.25) Version 5.1 (2010.9.20) Version 5.2 (2011.1.24) Version 6.0 (2011.6.14) Version 6.1 (2011.12.9) Version 6.2 (2012.4.27)
See Sogou Pinyin Update Catalog for detail.
- "Sogou Sets Sights on Google China".
- "Sogou Pinyin Changelog".
- "Sogou Pinyin Cell Dictionaries".
- "Sogou Pinyin Skins".
- "Sogou Pinyin Extensions".
- Lemon, Sumner (2007-04-10). "Sohu Threatens to Sue Google". PC World. Retrieved 2007-05-08.
- Lemon, Sumner (2007-04-09). "Google Admits Using Outside Source for Chinese App". PC World. Retrieved 2007-05-08.