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Google unveils 'virtual keyboard'

Tool lets users search in 35 different languages

Google has made a virtual keyboard available in its search function, allowing web users with English keyboards to search for phrases and keywords in non-English languages.

"A virtual, or 'on-screen' keyboard, lets you type directly in your local language script in an easy and consistent manner, no matter where you are or what computer you're using," Google said in a blog.

Last year, the search engine introduced a virtual keyboard API through code.google.com, which allowed developers to enable virtual keyboards on any text field on their web pages.

"Today, we are taking this effort one step further by integrating virtual keyboards into Google search in 35 languages," said Manish Bhargava, product manager for Google.

The virtual keyboard icon can be seen by those using Google Search in any of the 25 languages supported by the virtual keyboard, including Greek and Arabic.

Simply click the icon to display the virtual keyboard and then input text by either selecting the key on-screen or pressing the corresponding key on your own keyboard.

See also: Google invests in online payment firm


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