Google launched its smart keyboard; the Gboard and every once in a while, updates for the keyboard app are released. With its recent update, Google has launched a new feature which lets you convert your Roman Urdu text into actual Urdu. For example, if you write ‘App kahan hain?’ the feature will convert it into ‘اپ کہاں ہیں‘.
This new feature will help promote the Urdu language on social platforms as well as help users to type directly in Urdu. All you have to do is type in Roman Urdu and the text will be converted into the original Urdu Script.
Although Urdu is spoken and understood by more than 100 million people, with the arrival of social media platforms and texting services, the actual Urdu script has disappeared and a new Roman Urdu has emerged. People prefer to write in this script as it is easier to write and understand rather than typing in the actual Urdu script. Roman Urdu consists of the Urdu language written with English alphabets.
How to use the feature?
If you’re interested in trying out this new feature by Google, here’s how:
- First of all, you need to install the Gboard on your device. The app is available on both, the Play Store and the App Store. If you already have the app, update it first.
- After the installation, you will be guided through the general activation process for the keyboard. Follow the on-screen instructions there.
- From there, go to the Gboard settings and under the languages option, deselect the ‘use system language’ checkbox.
- Now, go to the list of languages and scroll down until you find this particular language “Urdu (abc → اردو).”
- After selecting the Urdu language, you will be able to access the feature whenever you use the keyboard.
- In order to change the mode of your keyboard, hold the spacebar until a popup is displayed.
- Choose Urdu (abc → اردو) from the pop-up.
This new feature proposed by Google is very successful in converting Roman Urdu into Urdu. It will help people develop attachment with their mother language. Moreover, it will make it easy to type in Urdu without the hassle of finding each Urdu alphabet on the keyboard.
Before this feature, Google had keyboards for different languages such as Sindhi, Urdu, etc. However now, Gboard will allow users to type Urdu without using the Urdu keyboard which is pretty much a great initiative.