Google Gboard, Translate and Dictionary gets more support for Indian languages

25 April, 2017, 13:34 | Author: Delbert Rhodes
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Google on Tuesday announced that the company is introducing improved support for Indian languages in its products.

India today has 234 million Indian language users online, compared to 175 million English users. "Through the launch, we are looking to make our services available to one and all", Rajan Anandan, VP, India and South East Asia, Google, told ANI.

Google, via an official announcement today, is debuting its highly scrupulous "Neural Machine Translation" tech to Indian languages.

In comparison to the decade old practice of a phrase-based translation system, neural translation enables the translation of sentences as a whole, rather than being broken down into fractions.

"Google wants to extend internet for every Indian".

"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".

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According to him, availability of content in local languages as well as access play a crucial role in getting more people to the Internet. The number of English-speaking Internet users is expected to grow at a mere 3 per cent to touch 199 million during the same time.

Gboard will feature two keyboard layouts for each of these languages - one in the native language script and one with QWERTY layout with transliteration support.

There are many apps and services aimed at providing travel information, and Google Maps has upped its own game lately to include more options and, just recently, the company added the ability to automatically translate reviews so that language becomes less of a barrier.

"Of over 500 million people who use Google Translate, most of the users are in India, Indonesia, Brazil and Thailand", it said. The users can now search words, meanings and even emojis in local language.

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. To overcome this problem, Google Now Translates Restaurant Review to Your Device's Default Language.


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