Google search to add support for 3 new Indian languages
Google announced Thursday that it will add support for three additional Indian languages by the end of this year. These languages will join the nine Indian languages already available in Google Search. The company shared this development during the company’s Google for India event, which also featured a series of other India-specific ads for various Google products, including Assistant, Google Pay, Bolo and Google Lens. Google Station, the company’s public Wi-Fi platform, in partnership with BSNL is expanding public Wi-Fi access points to more gram panchayats in the country.
More Indian languages in Google Search
Google has not shared the names of the three new Indian languages, but they are likely to include Oriya and Urdu, as the company will provide support for both in Discover later this year. Currently, Google Search can be used in a total of nine Indian languages: Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, and Punjabi.
The company is optimistic about Indian language support and is not limiting expanded support for Indian languages to Search only. The search giant mentioned that it has added support for seven new Indian languages: Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam, to discover. Discover is an automated content feed that appears in Google Search mobile applications.
The support of Oriya and Urdu will also arrive at Discover later this year. In addition, Google will also add support for Punjabi. The company said users will also soon receive a language selector on Discover to quickly change their preferred language.
In other developments related to search, the company based in Mountain View, California, said it is implementing a new look for the mobile search page that will appear for users of the Indian language.
“To make it easier for users of the Indian language to have access to information, we are launching a new modern look that highlights the query more prominently. This facilitates navigation to search results in the Indian language simply by touching the chip that appears below the search bar, “Google said in a statement.
Google Station Expansion
At the Google for India summit, the company also revealed that it is expanding the public Wi-Fi footprint of Google Station to record panchayats in Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Bihar. Google had originally announced its partnership with BSNL in May this year and had launched 2,000 access points.
At this time, Google Station public Wi-Fi is available in 4,000 locations, including railway stations that were the first to benefit from its connection with RailTel in India. Google says it is being used by 2 million new users every month.