New Delhi,September 21, 2019: Its annual ‘Google for India' event this week, saw a full slate of announcements to make the internet more accessible, inclusive and empowering for everyone in India -- not just the English-speaking minority
Said: Manuel Bronstein, Vice President, Product Management, Google: “For many Indians, voice is increasingly becoming their preferred way to search, and today Hindi has become the second-most used Assistant language globally--after English.” He announced an all new experience in nine Indian languages [Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, and Urdu], that will help users talk to their Assistant more naturally, without the need to go digging around in settings. For example, Hindi speaking users can now simply say, “Hey Google, talk to me in Hindi”. The feature will be accessible on all Android, Android Go and KaiOs devices. He also announced that interpreter mode will be coming soon to the Assistant on Android and Android Go phones in the coming months, which will help translate from one language to another, helping unlock more relevant information and content for even more users across India.
Yossi Matias, Vice President, Engineering, Google announced “We are adding more Indian languages to Discover—a Google feed that gives Indians updates on the stories they care about. These include Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, and Malayalam with Oriya, Urdu and Punjabi to follow soon.”
Google has expanded Bolo, a speech-based app that helps children learn to read, to five new Indian languages -- Bangla, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu, and expanding our content pool by partnering with publishers like Chotta Bheem and Katha Kids. Sapna Chadha, Director of Marketing, Southeast Asia & India, Google said, “Bolo has already helped 800,000 young Indians read stories more than three million times, and speak half a billion words. In partnership with NGOs like Saajha, the Kaivalya Education Foundation, Pratham Education Foundation, Room to Read, and working together with state governments and schools, our aim is to make Bolo reach even more children across the country.”
Google Lens--which allows people to search for information, ask questions and translate text by pointing their phone’s camera