Indian smartphone manufacturer Lava has tied up with Google to introduce the 'Indic Keyboard' on all Lava manufactured smartphones. The announcement was made by Google CEO, Sundar Pichai during his ongoing visit to India. According to the agreement, all Lava phones will come with the Indic keypad pre-installed in the devices. Back in November, Google had renamed the Hindi keyboard to Indic keyboard with support for 10 Indian languages besides Hindi. The Indic Keyboard can be downloaded from Google Play, and currently provides support for Assamese, Bengali, Gujurati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.
Commenting on the partnership, Navin Chawla, Senior Vice President & Product Head, Lava International said, "We began our partnership with Google last year for Android One which has seen good response in the market and the devices have been met with lot of enthusiasm. Our aim to partner with Google has been to ensure we make valuable technology accessible to all and now with Indic Languages keyboard, we want to empower people to do more and be more. We have already started pre-installing these keypads on all our smartphones and some of the early integrated ones will start rolling out by January 2016. Lava’s smartphone portfolio is available across the price range of Rs. 3000 to Rs. 12000.Our endeavor is to integrate this benefit to our consumers in as many models as possible across all price points of our smartphone portfolio."
The Lava Pixel V1 was an Android One device launched by the native smartphone manufacturer back in July this year. Pixel V1 was Lava's first and only Android One device. The phone had a 5.5 inch display with an 8MP camera, 2560 mAh battery along with Android 5.1.1 in stock form. The phone recieved average reviews in the sub-13K category. The partnership between Google and Lava suggests that there might be more Android One devices on the horizon.