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Smartphone with Gujlish launched

May 8, 2014

"English will no longer be a barrier in using smartphones. For those who are not well-versed in English and wants to use regional languages as alternate option for texting and other features, a group of ex-IITians have come up with a solution.

Firstouch has launched the first regional smart phone which allows not only reading the instructions and typing messages in Gujarati but also allows transliteration and translation from Gujarati to English and vis-a-vis.

"The 48-key virtual keyboard in the device is ergonomically designed to accommodate Indian alphabets and all its matras in a single screen. Unlike the linguistic key boards available in other brands, our phone users now need not toggle between various screens to type an alphabet along with its matras," said Rakesh Deshmukh, co-founder and CEO of Firstouch.

The speaking key board will help people who are not very used to touchscreen mobile phones, said Deshmukh. The company aims to cater to the needs of mobile phone users in semi-urban and rural areas of the country. "We have started with Gujarati and we will include all official Indian languages in one phone," he said.

Talking about the unique features of the mobile phone instrument, Deshmukh said that no current smartphone allows users to translate a message from English to any of the Indian languages and vis-a-vis. "

Credit:dna correspondent

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Source: DNA : Daily News & Analysis (India)

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