Google Pinyin
Developer(s)Google China
Initial releaseApril 4, 2007; 15 years ago (2007-04-04)
Stable release / June 19, 2014; 8 years ago (2014-06-19)[1]
Preview release / January 28, 2011; 11 years ago (2011-01-28)
Operating systemWindows, Android
Available inSimplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
TypeInput method
LicenseFreeware Edit this on Wikidata

Google Pinyin IME (simplified Chinese: 谷歌拼音输入法; traditional Chinese: 谷歌拼音輸入法; pinyin: Gǔgē Pīnyīn Shūrùfǎ) was an input method developed by Google China Labs. The tool was made publicly available on April 4, 2007. Aside from Pinyin input, it also includes stroke count method input. As of March 2019, Google Pinyin has been discontinued and the download page has been deleted. However, Google Pinyin IME can still be obtained from (as of August 17, 2022).



As of August 2012, Google Pinyin was available for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 & Windows 10 version 1511 or below. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions were available.


Google released a Pinyin IME system for Android 1.5 or newer in March 2009.[2] The Android Pinyin IME supports user dictionary synchronization with the desktop version.


By the end of 2008, more than 20%[citation needed] 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] A public version was never made 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]

Synchronization failure

Google Pinyin for Windows has been failing to synchronize for years[7] because of the deprecation of Google ClientLogin authentication. A client with an alternative authentication method has not been announced yet. Google Pinyin for Android can still synchronize (within this platform only).

See also


  1. ^ "下载谷歌拼音输入法 - Google". Retrieved 2014-10-21.
  2. ^ "Android GIT repository, PinyinIME module". Archived from the original on 2009-09-11.
  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 Archived 2011-05-14 at the Wayback Machine]
  5. ^ Lemon, Sumner (2007-04-10). "Sohu Threatens to Sue Google". PC World. Retrieved 2007-05-08.
  6. ^ Lemon, Sumner (2007-04-09). "Google Admits Using Outside Source for Chinese App". PC World. Retrieved 2007-05-08.
  7. ^ "Failed to lig-in Pinyin IME with my google account".