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.