World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Google Pinyin

Article Id: WHEBN0010453104
Reproduction Date:

Title: Google Pinyin  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Chinese input methods for computers, X Input Method, Google Audio Indexing, Google Partners, Google Data Liberation Front
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Google Pinyin

Google Pinyin IME
Developer(s) Google China
Stable release / December 19, 2013 (2013-12-19)[1]
Preview release / January 28, 2011 (2011-01-28)
Operating system Windows XP and later, Android
Available in Simplified chinese, traditional chinese
Type Input method
License Freeware
Website //

Google Pinyin IME (谷歌拼音输入法; Pinyin: Gǔgē Pīnyīn Shūrùfǎ) is an input method developed by Google China Labs. The tool was made publicly available on April 4, 2007.



As of August 2012, Google Pinyin is available for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. There are both 32-bit and 64-bit versions available.


Google released a Pinyin IME system for Android 1.5 or newer in March 2009.[2] It is not clear how much code this IME system shares in common with the closed-source Google Pinyin, although a lot of the core algorithms are written in C++ and called through a JNI bridge, hinting at a common source origin. The Android Pinyin IME supports user dictionary synchronization with the desktop version.


By the end of 2008, more than 20% users of Google Pinyin wanted a Linux version of the input method, which was answered in the FAQ section with a general PR phrase "We always strive to provide a better user experience and we never stop our hard work to fulfill the customer needs".[3]

However, the Linux user community is porting the Android Google Pinyin IME to the non-Android Linux IME framework SCIM in the scim-googlepinyin module.

After Christmas 2009, the Google pinyin module for SCIM became also available for the Nokia Maemo 5 platform, which meant it could be downloaded to any Nokia N900 phone through the official application repositories.

Mac OS X

A closed beta version of Google Pinyin for Mac OS X was leaked on September 14, 2010.[4] The first public version is not yet available.

Copyright infringement allegations

After Google Pinyin was initially released in April 2007, it was soon discovered that Google Pinyin's dictionary database contained employee names of Sogou Pinyin, an indication that the dictionary was taken from Sogou, one of Google's competitors in the Chinese Internet market.[5] On April 8, 2007, Google admitted that they used "non-Google database resources". Shortly thereafter, a new version of Google Pinyin was released which no longer appeared to be based on Sogou's database.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "下载谷歌拼音输入法 - Google". Retrieved 2014-10-21. 
  2. ^ "Android GIT repository, PinyinIME module". 
  3. ^ "常见问题:何时推出 Linux 或 Mac 版输入法?何时支持换肤功能?何时……?" (in Chinese). 
  4. ^ [Google 输入法 for Mac 曝光 速度下载]
  5. ^ Lemon, Sumner (2007-04-10). "Sohu Threatens to Sue Google".  
  6. ^ Lemon, Sumner (2007-04-09). "Google Admits Using Outside Source for Chinese App".  

External links

  • Google Pinyin Website
  • Official Google Group
  • Version History
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.