Google launches sup­port in 9 In­dian lan­guages

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Con­tin­u­ing with its com­mit­ment to bring the in­ter­net alive for a bil­lion In­di­ans, Google an­nounced a new set of prod­ucts and fea­tures for In­dian lan­guages to bet­ter serve the needs of In­di­ans who are com­ing on­line rapidly and re­leased find­ings of a joint re­port by Google and KPMG In­dia ti­tled “In­dian Lan­guages - Defin­ing In­dia’s In­ter­net”.

Google Trans­late will use Google’s new Neu­ral Ma­chine Trans­la­tion tech­nol­ogy to trans­late be­tween English and nine widely used In­dian lan­guages — Hindi, Ben­gali, Marathi, Tamil, Tel­ugu, Gu­jarati, Pun­jabi, Malay­alam and Kan­nada. Neu­ral trans­la­tion of­fers a huge im­prove­ment over the old phrase-based sys­tem, trans­lat­ing full sen­tences at a time, in­stead of pieces of a sen­tence. This change im­proves the qual­ity of trans­la­tion in a sin­gle jump than seen in the last ten years com­bined.

Google also an­nounced the ex­ten­sion of Neu­ral Ma­chine Trans­la­tion to Chrome browser’s built-in Auto-Trans­late func­tion­al­ity to web con­tent, mak­ing full-page trans­la­tions more ac­cu­rate and eas­ier to read. This will en­able In­dian lan­guage speak­ers to con­sume all of the web’s con­tent in nine In­dian lan­guages with higher qual­ity trans­la­tions of ev­ery­thing from song lyrics to news ar­ti­cles to cricket dis­cus­sions.

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. With this up­date, mil­lions of re­views – from restau­rants to cafes or ho­tels – will ap­pear in the lan­guage se­lected by the users on their de­vice in ad­di­tion to the orig­i­nal lan­guage of the re­view.

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. In­dia to­day has 234 mil­lion In­dian Lan­guage users who’re on­line, com­pared to 175 Mil­lion english web users, we ex­pect another 300 mil­lion In­dian lan­guage users to come on­line in the next four years. With the 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.”

Ex­tend­ing sup­port to cover all 22 sched­uled In­dian lan­guages, Google also rolled out new Gboard (new key­board for An­droid launched in De­cem­ber 2016), with translit­er­a­tion sup­port for Hindi, Ben­gali, Tel­ugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, and Gu­jarati. With Google Search built right into the key­board, Gboard will al­low users to Search and use Google Trans­late right in their key­board. For users who of­ten switch back and forth be­tween Hindi and English, they will also be able to use Hinglish lan­guage op­tion with new text edit­ing tool that makes it eas­ier to select, copy and paste, plus new op­tions for re­siz­ing and repo­si­tion­ing the key­board so it fits into the hand and tex­ting style.

Like Google Indic Key­board, Gboard of­fers au­to­cor­rec­tion and pre­dic­tion in these new lan­guages, plus two lay­outs for each— one in the na­tive lan­guage script and one with the QWERTY lay­out for translit­er­a­tion, which lets users spell words pho­net­i­cally us­ing the QWERTY al­pha­bet and get text out­put in their na­tive lan­guage script.

Bring­ing dic­tionary func­tion­al­ity on Google search for users, Google will now of­fer Hindi dic­tionary re­sults from Ra­j­pal & Sons dic­tionary in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Oxford Univer­sity Press. This new ex­pe­ri­ence will also sup­ports translit­er­a­tion, al­low­ing users to use their ex­ist­ing key­board to find mean­ings in hindi. So when you’d like to know more about a word, say “Nird­e­shak”, you can just type in “Nird­e­shak ka mat­lab” in Search, and you’ll in­stantly get to see word mean­ings and dic­tionary def­i­ni­tions on the search re­sults page, in­clud­ing English trans­la­tions.

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