The AZHAGI Android App
24 Languages - Voice Input - SuperFast Tamil Transliteration - 100% Free
get_appClick here to download and install the Azhagi android app from Google play store.
Version: 14.27 (Second production release), 9 July 2018.
License: Freeware* | Installation instructions - here | Key mappings - here | Salient/Unique features - here
(*) Azhagi app has been built upon the award-winning Indic Keyboard app (Version 2.0.3) but 'Azhagi' app is NOT released under Apache License, Version 2.0 which was the license under which Indic Keyboard app was first released and it is the license under which it is currently maintained and distributed too.
language• Voice input in 100+ languages (English, Tamil, etc.)
• Typing in 24 languages (Tamil, Hindi, Arabic, etc.)
• SuperFast Tamil transliteration.
• Type ள், ற், ண், ஸ், ஶ் without using SHIFT key!!!!!
• Type anywhere - Whatsapp, Facebook, SMS, etc.
• Type using external keyboards too.
• 100% free with 100% free support.
Azhagi Android app has not been updated by me ever since its inception in 2016, except for including the facility to type in 'Saurashtra' language. So, though the app does function mostly normally (as per the feedback of some users) in latest Android phones, it does not meet some requirements of the latest Android OSes. For instance, it may not be straightfoward to reach Azhagi app's 'Settings' page if you are using the latest phones. Also, during installation, your phone may wrongly report that Azhagi app is requesting access to your personal data. This is because of Azhagi Android app not having been upgraded to meet the requirements of the latest Android OSes. Sorry that I am not having time to do the same. So, whether to use Azhagi Android app or not in your phone is entirely your choice. Some users very much use Azhagi Android app still. So, I need to retain the app in the play store, obviously. Thanks for your understanding in this regard.
Installation steps | Key mappings | Salient features | TestimonialsInstallation instructions - click here | Key mappings - click here | Salient features - click here | Testimonials - click here
What users say?
- "ஷிஃப்ட் அழுத்தாமல் 'ற்' அடிக்கறது சூப்பரோ சூப்பர்!"
- "The use of modifier 'lx rx' is really a powerful feature of Azhagi... Thumbs up..."
- "Your mobile app is certainly a jewel in your crown"
- "I can write in 4 languages - தமிழ், संस्कृत, বাংলা and in English in Android in one go"
- Read more such testimonials here
GratitudeGratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues, but the parent of all of the others - Cicero (106-43bc)
A noble person is mindful and thankful of the favours he receives from others - The Buddha
So, first thing first. Thanks, in TONS, to Mr. Jishnu Mohan and other members of SMC (Swathanthra Malayalam Computing) for their 'Indic Keyboard' app because 'Azhagi' app is based on Indic Keyboard OPEN SOURCE Android app. Frankly speaking, my heart is overflowing with gratitude to Shri. Jishnu Mohan. Ever.
Secondly, thanks again, in TONS, to Google for their AOSP (Android open source project) because 'Indic Keyboard' itself is based on the LatinIME keyboard of Google's AOSP only.
'Indic Keyboard' telegram groupThere is a telegram group existing for 'Indic Keyboard'. Anyone can join it and help Sri Jishnu Mohan expand his app as much as the society wishes. For details, please see https://t.me/indickeyboard
The AZHAGI App
Salient/Unique featuresPlease visit aa-feats.php
Transliteration scheme | Key mappingsPlease visit https://azhagi.com/aa-tamil-trans-1.php
- NOTE: The screenshots below might differ in their form and appearance depending upon your 'phone model' and 'Android OS'. So, kindly consider the screenshots below as a general guidance only and not specific to every phone and Android OS.
- First of all, from your android device, visit https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.azhagi.inputmethod.azhagi to start installing Azhagi directly from the Google Play Store.
- Thereafter, you shall read the instructions below alone OR this YouTube video (narration in Tamil) OR opt to watch this youtube video (narration in Assamese) OR this facebook video (narration in Saurashtram) also along with my instructions below. My instructions below and the aforesaid 'short and sweet' videos would complement each other. The narration in the videos being in different Indian languages (Tamil, Assamese and Sourashtra resp.) should not be a barrier at all to you, becauuse the narration could be easily understood by the native speakers of any Indian language, as the accompanying video is clear-cut and the customary English words are spoken in English itself. Related facebook posts - post 1, post 2 and post 3.
- At the end of installation, I suggest you to click on Open .
- A 4-step 'SETUP WIZARD' will start. Click on 'Get started' in the starting screen of that 'setup wizard'. See screenshot below.
- Click on 'Enable in Settings'.
- Select 'Azhagi English'. i.e. 'Azhagi English' should get TICKED.
- The following CUSTOMARY dialog will appear. Click 'OK'.
- Click on 'Switch input methods'.
- Select 'English Azhagi'.
- Click on 'Configure languages'.
- Untick 'Use system language'. This is IMPORTANT. You do HAVE TO UNTICK 'Use system language'.
- Ensure 'English' is TICKED.
- Scroll down well and TICK 'அழகி - ஒலிபெயர்ப்பு' (and only 'அழகி - ஒலிபெயர்ப்பு'), if you are a long-time user of Azhagi.
- You need to tick 'தமிழ் எழுத்துப்பெயர்ப்பு' only if you wish to type in the way you type in softwares like ekalappai, nhm writer, etc. NOT otherwise.
- Go back to previous screen. Click on 'Finished'.
- You are now ready to type alternately* in English and Tamil, ANYWHERE (Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, etc.), using Azhagi app. You have to press the GLOBE icon adjacent to the spacebar at the bottom row of the keyboard (see screenshot below) to alternate* between English and Tamil.
(*) Assuming you selected only English and Tamil for your typing needs. Otherwise, your selected languages/keyboards can be anything (Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, etc.). You have to press the GLOBE icon to move through your selected languages/keyboards.
- The same above screen in a different THEME below.
- If you did not complete the installation by going through the 4-step setup process as described above, then you can click on Azhagi's icon in your Phone's home page and effect the above steps.
- For further help, if any, kindly write in https://www.facebook.com/groups/Azhagi (Azhagi's Facebook Group).
Setting up the languages and input methodsIf you are a regular user of various Indic IME (input method editor) apps, you would have selected the right languages and input methods during the 4-STEP setup process itself. So, the following steps are for users who did not select the right languages and input methods during the setup process. The following steps assume that your requirement is just to 'type in English' and 'transliterate in Tamil using Azhagi's transliteration scheme', alternately. If your requirements are different, the steps are still the same, as below. You just have to select your own required languages and input methods instead of just 'English' and 'அழகி - ஒலிபெயர்ப்பு'. That is all. For example, you can select "தமிழ் - எழுத்துப் பெயர்ப்பு" also additionally, which will help you to transliterate in the way you do it in softwares like ekalappai, nhm writer, etc.
- Go to 'Settings->Language and input' screen.
- Therein, under 'Keyboard and input methods', for Default, choose 'English Azhagi'.
- Thereafter, in the main 'Language and input' screen, you will see the checkbox near 'Azhagi English' ticked in green color.
- Click the gear icon at the right side of the ticked 'Azhagi'.
- Click on 'Languages'.
- Untick 'Use system language' if it is ticked.
- Thereafter, under 'Active input methods', tick English. Then, keep scrolling down until you see "அழகி - ஒலிபெயர்ப்பு" and tick it.
- Then, get back to the previous screen.
- Again, get back to the previous screen.
- Therein, you will see the ticked 'Azhagi' as "Azhagi English, அழகி - ஒலிபெயர்ப்பு". If you see this, it means you have successfully done the settings.
- Thereafter, get back to previous screen and then completely out of the 'Settings' screen.
- Start whatsapp (or any other app) and start typing in English or Tamil therein, by alternately clicking on the GLOBE icon.
What 'input method' to select in Azhagi Android App in order to effect "phonetic transliteration" in Telugu, Sanskrit, Hindi, etc.Please read this post - https://www.facebook.com/groups/Azhagi/permalink/1341052632600960/. For your convenience, the same is reproduced hereunder:
Recently, an user and well-wisher called from Puttaparthi and enquired as to what 'input method' to select in Azhagi Android App in order to effect "phonetic transliteration" in Telugu, Sanskrit and Hindi.
Similarly, one of my near/dear asked me few months back as to what 'input method' he should suggest to his friends for the various different languages they might be knowing, if their need is to effect "phonetic transliteration" in them.
As an answer to the above queries, I created the attached MS-Word document which neatly tabulates all the input methods available (for the 23 languages covered by Azhagi Android App) highlighting neatly (in different colors) all the phonetic and transliteration input methods alone.
If any of you feel that the highlighted portions need some changes, kindly let me know.
Kind regards - Viswanathan Balasubramanian
Note: To download the PDF version of the above file, please see this post - facebook.com/groups/Azhagi/permalink/3137349462971259
History of 'Azhagi' AppWell, my 'Azhagi' app is here today (as of Aug 2016) because some of the users of Azhagi's desktop application very much wanted 'Azhagi' for Android systems too. However many different apps I suggested to them (for typing in Indian languages in Android systems), they were not satisfied at all, with those apps. They wanted only Azhagi. So, I had NO CHOICE but to release a version of 'Azhagi' for Android systems too. In this regard, I have to say that my journey started in Jan 2013 and I am happy that it got fructified in Aug 2016. My Android 'Azhagi' initiative which started in Jan 2013 took so long^ for its fructification, due to various reasons, incl. my health problems. I will write about that in detail later. As of now, enjoy using 'Azhagi' android app. :)
(^) In a nutshell, it turned out to be an himalayan task for me, extremely arduous, amidst my various obstacles, to bring forth 'Azhagi' for Android. An extremely big sigh of relief from me, as of Aug 2016. Thanks in TONS, once again, to Mr. Jishnu Mohan, SMC and Google.