The Google Pinyin Input is an input method (IME) that can be utilized to type Chinese on Android devices.
The app offers a wide variety of ways for fast and easy input of Chinese characters.
Key features of this input method are as follows.
– QWERTY Pinyin keyboard with gesture typing and intelligent correction.
– 9 key Pinyin keyboard with gesture typing
– Stroke keyboard
– Fullscreen and half screen handwriting keyboard
– Latin keyboard
– Fuzzy pinyin
– Double pinyin
– Optimized UI for different screen sizes
– Voice input
The app also supports both simplified and traditional Chinese symbols, as well as punctuation, emoticons, Latin characters, and numbers. Voice input is available and is also network-based in order to provide highly accurate matches.
Note: To use on your Android device, the input method must be enabled in “Settings” → “Language & Input.”
As of August 2012, Google Pinyin was available for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 & Windows 10 version 1511 or below. 32-bit and 64-bit versions were also available.
Google outed a Pinyin IME system for Android 1.5 or newer in March 2009. The Android Pinyin IME supports user dictionary synchronization along with the desktop version.
By the end of 2008, more than 20%] users of Google Pinyin wanted a Linux version of the input method, which was answered in the FAQ section with a general PR phrase “We always strive to provide a better user experience, and we never stop our hard work to fulfill the customer needs.”
However, the Linux user community is porting the Android Google Pinyin IME to the non-Android Linux IME framework SCIM in the scim-google pinyin module.
After December 2009, the Google pinyin module for SCIM also became available for the Nokia Maemo 5 platform, which meant it could be downloaded to any Nokia N900 phone through the official application repositories.
Mac OS X
A closed beta version of Google Pinyin for Mac OS X was leaked on September 14, 2010.The first public version is not yet available.