The standard QWERTY keyboard often makes Google Translate an awkward tool when you consider the more than 60 different languages it can translate. In fact, it can be downright near impossible to do so. So what have the guys at Google come up with to rectify this issue? Their answer is the addition of on-screen keyboards for the app.
With on-screen keyboards, it doesn’t matter what language you speak natively. The on-screen keyboard will let you easily type in special characters with no effort at all. So, where do you find this keyboard feature?
You’ll notice the small keyboard icon at the bottom of the text input box in Google Translate. If you click it, you’ll open the virtual keyboard that shows up right on your screen and allows you to choose any language the app can translate. Either click on the letters on the on-screen keyboard or use your real keyboard if you prefer.
Be careful! We’ve noticed that some languages actually have more than one layout for local keyboards. This is common in languages such as Armenian and Vietnamese. The on-screen keyboard in Google Translate will support these multiple layouts. You can even switch between the layouts if you prefer.
Another cool feature of Google Translate is the phonetic typing ability that allows you to type the way a word sounds in English and the app will show you the letters transformed into the supported language. Very useful indeed.
Source – googletranslate.blogspot.com