Free Armenian Keyboard Developed for Apple Devices

The HayTar keyboard application on an Apple mobile device

YEREVAN (Arka)—Armenian Education and Science Minister Armen Ashotyan reported today through his Facebook page that a third-party Armenian-language keyboard, developed for Apple devices, has become available for free.

In 2013, Ashotyan wrote to Apple’s CEO Tim Cook that Apple’s mobile devices were becoming very widespread in Armenia both among Armenians in Armenia proper and those living in other countries, but that the iPad, used by teachers and students, did not enable them to work and communicate in the Armenian language, as the operating system lacked an Armenian keyboard.

According to Ashotyan, the Ministry of Education and Science held talks with the developers of the first Armenian keyboard for Apple devices to make it available for free.

“I want to announce that HayTar is now available as a free application for all users,” Ashotyan wrote on his page.

HayTar is a third-party developed keyboard application that can be installed for devices running Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 8.

The minister said that from now on Armenian users may enjoy communication in their language. He also stressed that not a penny was used by the government to advance this initiative.

The HayTar application was created specifically by Armenian developers for Apple’s operating systems. Android devices have a variety of freely available Armenian language keyboards, usually included as stock in devices.

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7 Comments

  1. Bedros A. said:

    Congratulations and thank you for your input Armenian Education and Science Minister Armen Ashotyan.

  2. Ara said:

    Finally indeed! It’s not pretty but it is functional. Would definitely pay for a 2.0 version that supported auto-capitalization, predictive typing, etc.

  3. Abraham said:

    Instead of designing a third party keyboard project, the Armenian government and cellphone companies should pressure apple to add teh Armenian language, and stop ignoring millions of apple iphone and ipad users! shame on the ARmenian government it didn’t achieve that to this moment!

  4. David Dilanchian said:

    It’s wonderful to have our Armenian letters internationally, there is already several formats in the market or internet which one do you follow? . Whilst the Armenian government was involved it should have moved early
    so that there would have been a uniform format. Now it’s like ( Բաբելոնի աշտարակ ) jumbled up format.
    Never the less it’s WELCOME, now we have to strive for a UNIFORM FORMAT. BRAVO once again.
    David Dilanchian

  5. Ara said:

    Good to know that, but how can I have it on my Iphone?! From where can I get it? I installed Armenian keyboards found in App Store but still cannot find Armenian keyboard in the third parity list of the keyboards to add!!! Please help.

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