Google Hindi Input App for Android; Google Play Books and Business Photos in India Arrives

Google Hindi Input Android app makes it easier to compose emails, send messages, post on social networks using Devanagari. Business Photos, Google Play Books now in India. Faster, reply, archive, and search with Gmail Android app.

Google has made the Hindi (an Indiain language) available on Android with the new Google Hindi Input app on Google Play allows you to type messages, update on social networks or compose emails in Hindi.

Google Hindi Input has two methods for writing Hindi text--"a transliteration mode, that lets you simply type a Hindi word in English (like namaste), and the app will automatically convert the word to Devanagari script (नमस्ते)."

And, second hitting the globe button switches to a full Devanagari script keyboard, with Hindi consonants ordered alphabetically on two pages. In this mode, "you can long press at any time to select various forms of a consonant."

Google Hindi Input app for Android

To enable the keyboard and set it as the default input method use these steps:

  • On Android 4.x and newer versions--Open Settings -> Language & Input, under "KEYBOARD & INPUT METHODS" section, check Google Hindi Input, then click Default and select "Hindi transliteration" in the "Choose input method" dialog.
  • When typing in an input box, you can also change the default input method by selecting "Choose input method" in the Notification area.

To use this application:

  • Toggle the button "a->अ" on English keyboard to turn on/off transliteration mode.
  • In the transliteration mode, you can type Hindi word in English characters and the app will convert them to Hindi.
  • By turning off the transliteration mode on English keyboard, you can type in English.
  • Toggle the globe button to switch between English and Hindi keyboard
  • Consonants are alphabetically ordered into 2 pages. Press the paging button "1/2" "2/2" to navigate between pages. Long press the character key to select various forms in the popup.

You can grab the app from Google Play.

For more information, watch the tutorial video below for helpful tips and tricks:

Also, available now is the Google Play Books in India letting users read the books on their devices. With Google Play you'll be able to discover, purchase and read books on:

  • Android phones and tablets - you can purchase books in the Google Play Store and begin reading them instantly in the Google Play Books app;
  • your computer - you can purchase and read books on the Google Play store and read in your web browser;
  • iPhones and iPads - you will be able to read books in the Google Play Books app

Google had also recently opened Business Photos Program for India businesses.

"Google Business Photos program, a Google Maps project that allows consumers to see inside a business from their computer or smartphone. This program gives Google users a virtual tour inside the businesses through interactive 360-degree imagery created using Street View technology. This imagery can be viewed on Google Search, Google Maps, and Google+ Local Pages."

Those interested business in India, can visit http://google.co.in/businessphotos and click on 'Get Started'.

Finally, Google has also enhanced the user experience on its Gmail's mobile site with launching a refreshed look for Gmail on mobile web and Gmail Offline.

"The rebooted Gmail app for iPhone and iPad comes redesigned UI, along with new features such as improved search and integration with Google Calendar. This means the mobile web app now also offers auto-complete predictions for your searches, and it's much easier to RSVP to Calendar invites than before," writes Gmail team.

To try it out, visit at gmail.com in the browser of your Android, iOS, Blackberry or Kindle Fire device.

In addition, the revamped mobile Gmail site now let you upload photos from an iPhone or iPod. Until now, the feature was only available in the Android interface and the "native" iOS app.

However, there are some differences: the app has a sidebar, a different interface for changing accounts and support for push notifications. And, also the new mobile site lacks the previous/next buttons, just like the iPhone app.

Here is the new interface on iPhone 4S vs. the old interface on iPhone 3GS:

new gmail mobile site user interface

Update 03/19: Reply and search faster with the new Gmail app for Android update--you can now save time on the actions you use most often i.e. reply, archive, and search, Google writes.

You can combine this with existing notification features like the ability to customize which messages you receive notifications for and set up different sounds for individual labels. "So if you filter and label all the messages from your mom, you could set a ringtone to let you know you received a new mail from her and then quickly reply," Google explains.

In addition, the updated app also introduces faster search and better search suggestions so you can find your messages quickly online and offline.

Additionally, you can now reply and archive messages right from notifications with one quick tap.

Get the latest version of Gmail on Google Play.

Reply, arhcive and search faster with the Gmail app for Android

Update 03/21: Looking for shortcuts in Gmail's new interface, you can see the entire list of shortcuts by pressing Shift+? in the Gmail window. Below are some shortcuts to help composing messages:

  • Shift+Esc - focus the main window
  • Esc - focus the latest chat or compose box
  • Ctrl+. - advance to the next chat or compose box
  • Ctrl+, - advance to the previous chat or compose box
  • Ctrl+Enter - send message
  • Ctrl+Shift+c - add CC recipients
  • Ctrl+Shift+b - add BCC recipients
  • Ctrl+Shift+f - add custom from

and, here are shortcuts--displayed when you mouse over some buttons from the rich-text editor:

  • Ctrl+Shift+2 - insert emoticon
  • Ctrl+Shift+7 - bulleted list
  • Ctrl+Shift+8 - numbered list
  • Ctrl+[ - indent less
  • Ctrl+] - indent more
  • Ctrl+Shift+l - align left
  • Ctrl+Shift+e - align center
  • Ctrl+Shift+r - align right