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Sogou Pinyin
Initial release2006; 18 years ago (2006)
Stable release
11.5 / 17 December 2021; 2 years ago (2021-12-17)
Operating systemWindows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Ubuntu, Mac OS X, Symbian S60, Windows Mobile, Android, iOS, OpenHarmony, HarmonyOS
Available inSimplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
TypeInput method

Sogou Pinyin Method (Chinese: 拼音输入; pinyin: Sōugǒu Pīnyīn Shūrùfǎ) is a popular Chinese Pinyin input method editor developed by, Inc. under its search engine brand name, Sogou.

Sogou Pinyin is a dominant input software in China. By July 2011, Sogou Pinyin had an 83.6% penetration rate with more than 300 million users.[1]


Sogou Pinyin provides features for customizing its dictionary, appearance and function. The dictionary of Sogou Pinyin can be enriched by adding so-called cell dictionaries, which contain words in special fields.[2] The appearance of Sogou Pinyin can be changed using skins and animation.[3] The function of Sogou Pinyin can be extended using extensions such as mouse-writing.[4] Beside Pinyin input, it also includes stroke count method input.

Copyright conflict with Google Pinyin

In April 2007, Sohu threatened to sue Google because after Google Pinyin's initial release, it was soon discovered that Google Pinyin's dictionary database contained employee names of Sogou Pinyin.[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]

Sogou Cloud Pinyin

In 2009, Sogou launched a Bookmarklet named Sogou Cloud Pinyin (搜狗云输入法) that can allow any major browser to input Chinese characters on a webpage without installing any new software or plugins. It uses JavaScript and Ajax on the browser and apparently cloud computing technology on the servers.

See also


  1. ^ "Sogou Sets Sights on Google China".
  2. ^ "Sogou Pinyin Cell Dictionaries".
  3. ^ "Sogou Pinyin Skins".
  4. ^ "Sogou Pinyin Extensions".
  5. ^ Lemon, Sumner (2007-04-10). "Sohu Threatens to Sue Google". PC World. Archived from the original on 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2023-11-13.
  6. ^ Lemon, Sumner (2007-04-09). "Google Admits Using Outside Source for Chinese App". PC World. Archived from the original on 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2023-11-13.