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Typing Greek has never been so easy

September 5th, 2017

Did you know that many words in a vocabulary of an educated English speaker are borrowed from Greek? Hundreds of scientific, medical, and technical terms have been coined from Greek words, being either the root that creates a word or prefixes / suffixes of words used in daily language. From physics to photography, from microscope to telephone, from biology to zoology and many more - these are now part of almost all European languages.

Today, for all Greek users and Greek enthusiasts we are excited to introduce Greeklish support in Gboard, a Google keyboard for your device. Gboard gives you all the things you expect from a great keyboard—GIFs, emojis, and Glide Typing—with Google Search built in.

The Greek alphabet, made of ​24 letters (+ diacritics) is amongst the most fascinating ones, to me at least :) I remember about ~15 years ago, the only option I had when it came to text messaging was to type on a Latin-character keyboard (a-b-c-...), since it was hard to input Greek (α-β-γ-...). As a result, Greek users like me got used to typing romanized Greek on a Latin-character keyboard—a writing style known to many as “Greeklish.”

You can try it by following these steps:

First, select the “Greek (abc -> Ελληνικά)” keyboard from the Gboard menu on your Android device.
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Open an app that allows you to type and then either tap or long press the Screen Shot 2017-07-31 at 2.32.40 PM.png icon in order to select the “Greek (abc -> Ελληνικά)” keyboard.

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Once the model downloads, you’ll be ready to start using the new keyboard! You can either tap or glide type.

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We believe that this new keyboard will help users keep on writing in the Greek script, preserving our culture and our language in the digital world.

Gboard for Android regularly gets new languages and tools, as we work towards our vision of creating an intelligent mechanism for faster input, word-completions and suggestions on mobile--in any language you choose.