Firstouch Phone Translates Text From English To Indian Languages If You Swipe Across Its Screen

Discussion in 'Gadgets | Software | Apps' started by Ankita Katdare, May 3, 2014.

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    MoFirst Solutions Ltd., a company formed by three IIT graduates (Rakesh Deshmukh, Akash Dongre and Sudhir Bangarambandi,, has launched a new smartphone called "Firstouch" that lets a user translate all any text on its screen from English to various Indian languages and vice-versa, just by swiping across it. Moreover, the Firstouch phone features a first of its kind 48-key virtual keyboard that has all the Indian alphabets - Now that is something a lot of Indian consumers would love to have. The trio team has developed this keyboard and acquired a patent for it. With an aim to break the language barrier between people (rural folks) and smartphones, they have built a predictive text engine too. In fact, the advantage is two-fold. The market has now been expanded to for telecom operators and device makers.

    MoFirst, the company that has been making iPhone apps for a long time now, was the one to develop India's first mobile trading platform for Motilal Oswal Securities in 2012. They also have different products in m-commerce and m-ticketing solutions besides apps for Android and BlackBerry platforms. Priced at Rs. 6,000, the first Firstouch phones will be made available for Gujarati users in Rajkot, starting next month. Next in line are the languages - Hindi and Marathi.

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    Akash Dongre, COO, MoFirst Solutions Pvt. and Rakesh Deshmukh, The CEO
    The advanced translation technology built for the Firstouch phones means that if you type 'How are you?' as a SMS, it can be read as 'Tame kem cho?' in Gujarati by the receiver. The company is now looking forward to extending this feature to email and social networking apps within the next one year.

    It is interesting to note here that Samsung offers gadgets that support up to 9 Indian languages, whereas Sony's products support up to 15. What are your thoughts on this novel initiative from MoFirst Solutions? Share your thoughts with us in comments.

    Source: Economic Times | Image Credit: Bloomberg
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Discussion in 'Gadgets | Software | Apps' started by Ankita Katdare, May 3, 2014.

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  2. SarathKumar Chandrasekaran
    Mofirst initiative is much appreciatable and as you had described, Samsung has been successfull in providing indian languages in their phones.Previous ti this i had seen nokia to do it but Nokia has lost its foothold to others where Samsung had utilized this time to make some money.

    I would love to see and use the phones as Chinese use it.They use their language as texting language.
  3. Sanyam Khurana
    This is really Awesome ! :D
    I think they would soon make deals with some big companies in their next project of extending this application to email and social networking apps :)
  4. Rajni Jain
    Translation gives the meaning of a word from a different language
    Transliteration gives the word from a different language in letters that you can understand so as to be able to pronounce it

    The phone is doing translation or transliteration in different Indian languages?

    Either way its interesting thought.
    However if its targeted towards rural and comparatively less educated Indians they should have dropped a price little further,
  5. Ankita Katdare
    @Sanyam Khurana Indeed, they would. Right now, they are in talks with two top carriers in India with large customer bases in small cities and towns to sell the device bundled with mobile services.
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