NEW DELHI: Google has launched a new set of products and features enabled with different Indian languages and also released 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 widely used nine Indian languages which includes Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Punjabi, Malayalam and Kannada.
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 company also announced the extension of Neural Machine Translation to Chrome browser’s built-in auto-translate functionality to web content. This will make the full-page translations more accurate and easier to read.
The translation capability will also be available on Google search and Maps. The update will also enable the reviews of restaurants, cafes or hotels to appear in the language selected by the users on their device in addition to the original language of the review.
“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,” said Rajan Anandan, VP, India & South East Asia, Google.
“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,” added Anandan.
Google also launched its new Gboard with transliteration support for Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, and Gujarati. Gboard offers auto-correction and prediction in the new languages, plus two layouts for each—one in the native language script.
Google will also offer Hindi dictionary results from Rajpal & Sons dictionary in collaboration with the Oxford University Press.