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This article was published on October 4, 2010

Arabic Transliteration hits the iPhone with Yamli

Arabic Transliteration hits the iPhone with Yamli
Ahmad F Al-Shagra
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Ahmad F Al-Shagra

Co-founder of, Ex-Editor of The Next Web ME, trainer, blogger, and programmer. Co-founder of, Ex-Editor of The Next Web ME, trainer, blogger, and programmer.

Yamli the first online web service in the world to provide an Arabic transliteration tool has released it’s iPhone app to provide it’s multi million user base another way to say 7ayak!.

The app which is priced at $3 is straight forward as one would expect from it’s creators, once you click on the Yamli icon you’re presented with a text editor of sorts that will allow you to type English letters to phonetically produce Arabic words which can then be sent via SMS or email.

Another perk is the fact the app doesn’t require an Internet connection to work, which really makes a difference for us over-paying Middle Eastern 3-4G subscribers.

Yamli iPhone App

Different Screenshot Yamli iPhone

The app which works like a charm on the iPad also comes possibly one month before Apple is due to launch native Arabic typing support on iOS 4.2, giving it a good jump start ahead of the much anticipated release by Arabic speaking iPad users.

The Yamli team have been quite busy recently that with the recent launch of their new Enterprise service that provides a standardized linguistic transliteration, that coincidently, can be tailored to fit different industries.

The trend of Arabic transliteration really caught traction after Yamli launched their first service which was followed by similar services like Google Ta3reeb and Microsoft Maren proving the company not only had competition from the big boys, but made a wise choice to launch in the first place.

Time has showed that Yamli has not only out-sung it’s competition by providing to more than 10 million online users, more than a 1,000 websites natively implement their in-browser typing tool.

They sent us a video displaying how it works we thought we’d share with you. As far as we’re concerned buying it for $3 might not be a priority that with the service being available for free via their website, but if you’re big on apps you can find it on iTunes here.