The vastness of Indian languages and its conjugations make up for a bulky keyboard. For smartphone users, IIT Bombay has devised a technology to connect phones such that while one cellphone could be used as a keyboard, another can act as the screen, thus allowing users to maximize space use.

Research indicates the number of users typing in Indian languages on smartphones is more than the number of users typing in Indian languages on personal computers, because typing in Indian languages on computers is mostly done by professionals.

“Many homes in India now also have more than one smartphone. While chatting on Whatsapp, Facebook messenger, Hike, Viber and others, the user sees the chat on only half of the screen, while the other half is covered by the keyboard, especially in case of use of Indian language due to the script,“ said professor Anirudha Joshi of the IDC School of Design of IITB.

Under the main project titled `Re-shaping the Expected Future' initiated by Future Interaction Technology Lab in Swansea University , UK, the `Better Together' framework was developed. This framework allows users to run an application on multiple phones at the same time while providing the overall interaction of a single application.

Under the `Better Together' framework, the IDC has designed Swarachakra, a free Indian language keyboard for Android phones. “This keyboard allows users to type on one phone and see the conversation on other,“ added Joshi.Swarachakra is available for twelve Indian languages on Android playstore.