Google introduces Indian language support across products

Posted April 25, 2017

Google has also added support for 11 additional Indian languages to its keyboard app Gboard that now supports 22 Indian languages with transliteration.

Google India has introduced neural machine translation for nine Indian languages including Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi and Malayalam.

The new technology translates full sentences instead of doing it in pieces and, therefore, offers better quality translation.

The translation won't work for every language pair out there, but if you've ever use Google Translate, you have a good idea of which languages it can handle - and, well, it's a lot of languages.

Sharing insights from the joint report "Indian Languages - Defining India's Internet" by Google and KPMG India, Rajan Anandan, VP, India & South East Asia, Google, said "The most important aspect of making the web more useful and meaningful for all of India is to make India's Internet more representative of the India we live in. There are 400 million internet users in India and the number is expected to reach 600 million by 2020".

"Of over 500 million people who use Google Translate, most of the users are in India, Indonesia, Brazil and Thailand", it said.

"About 35% of Indian language internet users access government services, classifieds, news and payment services exclusively online".

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"Now when viewing a Google Maps place review in another language, you'll see the translated copy first prepended by "(Translated by Google)" - you'll also see the original text below, which could help you manage any minor translation errors.

Additionally, the company's mobile keyboard app Gboard now supports almost two dozen Indian languages, it said.

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.

The company said it does one billion translations everyday and 95 per cent of Google Translate has its usage outside of the US. The users can now search words, meanings and even emojis in local language.

Like Google Indic Keyboard, Gboard offers auto-correction and prediction in the new languages.

Goggle also unveiled Hindi dictionary in Google Search in collaboration with Oxford University Press.