Google introduces Indian language support across products

Janie Parker
April 25, 2017

Updates to these products specifically target the Indian user and these apps now widely support Indic languages.

India today has 234 million Indian language users online, compared to 175 million English users. "With today's launches, we're taking a huge step forward to bring down the barriers that stop Indian language users to get more out of the Internet and also help the Industry to solve for the needs of billion Indians".

Coming first to the neural machine translation support, Google has announced that Google Translate will now use this improved technique to translate to and from Indian languages including Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Punjabi, Malayalam, and Kannada.

While GNMT had rolled out to major languages like Chinese, Spanish and others already, Indian languages on Google Translate were still translated to English using the old, less accurate Phrase-based translations.

The new translation capability will also be available to users on Google search and Maps to aid discovery of new places with translations of local reviews on Google Maps, both on mobile and desktop.

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He added that 300 million Indians access internet on smartphones. "There are 400 million internet users in India and the number is expected to reach 600 million by 2020", Rajan Anandan, Vice President, India and SouthEast Asia, Google, told reporters here.

As far as what categories of services Indian language users are preferring more, the report point out that messaging, entertainment, social media and online news are the top four categories that have the highest adoption amongst the language users.

The feature takes advantage of Google's increasingly more powerful language translation platform, which the company has been augmenting using A.I. technologies.

The company on Tuesday announced improvements to and expansion of Google Translate to better serve the non-English speaking users in the country. After introducing support for machine-learning based translation for Hindi last month, the search giant has now extended its neural machine translation to 9 more Indian languages.

Furthermore, the company in collaboration with the Oxford University Press facilitated the availability of a Hindi dictionary, thus allowing the users to use their existing keyboard to find meanings in Hindi.

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