Coming first to the neural machine translation support, Google has announced that Google Translate will now use this improved technique to translate to and from Indian languages including Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Punjabi, Malayalam, and Kannada.
"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".
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.
Google India has also unwrapped the new Hindi dictionary in Google Search. "There are 400 million internet users in India and the number is expected to reach 600 million by 2020".
While GNMT had rolled out to major languages like Chinese, Spanish and others already, Indian languages on Google Translate were still translated to English using the old, less accurate Phrase-based translations. "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. As the new technique has been claimed to be far superior to earlier one, the change is likely to make Web more user-friendly for people in India.
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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.
According to Google, neural networks initially took 10 seconds to translate but the company worked on it and brought down the time to 0.2 seconds in two months. Additionally, it has announced that its Gboard Keyboard app will now support all 22 scheduled Indian languages. The users can now search words, meanings and even emojis in local language. The company says it will now translate the user reviews that appear in Google Search results and Google Maps into the language you have set on your device, so you can read them in your own language.
Like Google Indic Keyboard, Gboard offers auto-correction and prediction in the new languages.
The keyboard now has a new feature by which text editing can be done on the go easily.
Google India has also unwrapped the new Hindi dictionary in Google Search - a collaboration with Google and Oxford University Press.