I went to bed last night stunned at the Delhi election results, and I woke up this morning to some more big news. Twitter news:
Twitter now supports hashtags in Devanagari script. So if you haven’t been typing in Hindi online, now is the time to start. Trend away everyone—in #हिंदी.
Why this has taken so long, I don’t know. But online Hindi users are cheering the development.
I’m often asked about how to type in Hindi on mobile devices. The launchday of #हिंदी hashtags is a good day to put out a quick guide to mobile Hindi options. I use an iPhone myself, which comes with Devanagari preinstalled. I took a spin on some other devices to see the possibilities there.
Android users have several options on the Google Play store. Many recommend the Google Hindi Input tool.
After downloading, activate through Settings, Language and Input, Keyboard & Input Methods. Google Hindi Input is easy enough to use. It also has a transliteration tool and the option to convert handwritten Hindi into typed Hindi text. Some users might prefer the handwriting tool to typing directly. If nothing else I found it fun to play with.
Google Hindi Input also has support for Hinglish. Yes, a Hinglish keyboard.
If you have a Samsung phone, you can use the built-in Hindi keyboard. It is activated through the “input settings” in “Samsung Keyboard Settings.” Check the box for Hindi, and any other languages you would like to use. To type in scripts other than Roman, swipe your spacebar.
The iPhone also comes with Hindi pre installed. Activate it through Settings–>General–>Keyboards–>Add New Keyboard. Activate international keyboards by pressing the globe button to the left of the space bar.
Happy Hindi typing. #हिंदी को ट्रेंड कर दीजिए.