Google bolsters Indic language support for more inclusive web

Guillermo Lane
April 25, 2017

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

Recently, a study conducted by the tech major in collaboration with KPMG India revealed that 234 million Indian language users are now online, as against 175 million users browsing in English.

Tamil, Hindi, Kanada, Bengali and Marathi speaking users have the highest adoption online services, followed by Telugu, Gujarati and Malayalam.

The new technology is an improvement over the old phrase-based system, translating full sentences at a time, instead of pieces of a sentence, the company 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".

"We expect another 300 million Indian language users to come online in the next four years".

"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.

The neural machine translation is available in Chrome and Maps to make the translation process seamless and refined.

The company announced that it has launched "Gboard", its latest keyboard with speed and reliability, with added features like glide typing, voice typing, and more-plus Google Search built in.

The data released by Google suggest that its machine translation system receives more than one billion requests daily out of which more than 95 percent translation requests comes from users outside the US.

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

Google India has also unwrapped the new Hindi dictionary in Google Search - a collaboration with Google and Oxford University Press.

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