Sogou Pinyin

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Sogou Pinyin
Screenshot of Sogou Pinyin
Developer(s) Sohu
Initial release 2006
Stable release 7.1 / April 2, 2014 (2014-04-02)
Operating system Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X, Symbian S60, Windows Mobile, Android, iOS
Available in Simplified ChineseTraditional Chinese
Type Input method

Sogou Pinyin Method (simplified Chinese: 拼音输入; traditional Chinese: 搜狗拼音輸入法; pinyin: Sōugǒu Pīnyīn Shūrùfǎ) is a popular Chinese Pinyin input method editor developed by, 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.[1]


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.[2] The appearance of Sogou Pinyin can be changed using skins and animation.[3] The function of Sogou Pinyin can be extended using extensions such as mouse-writing.[4]

Copyright conflict with Google Pinyin[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6]

Sogou Cloud Pinyin[edit]

In 2009, Sogou launched a Bookmarklet named Sogou Cloud Pinyin (搜狗云输入法) that can allow any major browser to input Chinese characters on a webpage without installing any new software or plugins. It uses JavaScript and Ajax on the browser and apparently cloud computing technology on the servers.

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