Google will automatically translate reviews in Maps and Search

Mandy Carr
April 25, 2017

Google India has introduced neural machine translation for nine Indian languages including Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi and Malayalam.

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.

Look for latest news from India in NewsGram. "There are 400 million internet users in India and the number is expected to reach 600 million by 2020", Rajan Anandan, Vice President, India and SouthEast Asia, Google, told reporters here.

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.

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The feature takes advantage of Google's increasingly more powerful language translation platform, which the company has been augmenting using A.I. technologies. To overcome this problem, Google Now Translates Restaurant Review to Your Device's Default Language.

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.

Through its launch, Google is looking to address the needs of those using the internet services in regional languages and also create awareness about the same. "So when you'd like to know more about a word, say "Nirdeshak", you can just type in "Nirdeshak ka matlab" in Search, and you'll instantly get to see word meanings and dictionary definitions on the search results page, including English translations", it said. 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 so it fits into the hand and texting style. Google search is also getting built-in Hindi dictionary, the company said.

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