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Google IME
Initial releaseJuly 2012; 12 years ago (2012-07)

Google IME, also known as Google Input Tools, is a set of input method editors by Google for 22 languages, including Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Serbian, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, and Urdu. It is a virtual keyboard that allows users to type in their local language text directly in any application without the hassle of copying and pasting.[1]

Available as a Chrome extension, it was also available as a desktop application for Microsoft Windows until it was removed in May 2018.[2]

Google transliteration[edit]

Google's service for Indic languages was previously available as an online text editor, named Google Indic Transliteration. Other language transliteration capabilities were added (beyond just Indic languages) and it was renamed simply Google transliteration. Later on, because of its steady rise in popularity, it was released as Google Transliteration IME for offline use in December 2009.

It works on a dictionary-based phonetic transliteration approach, which means that whatever you type in Latin characters, it matches the characters with its dictionary and transliterates them. It also gives suggestions for matching words.

For transliteration between scripts, there was, until July 2011, a separate service named Google Script Converter.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "How do I use Google Input Tools on my Windows 10 PC?". April 12, 2021. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  2. ^ "Google Input Tools on Windows". Internet Archive Wayback Machine.[better source needed]

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