tech2 News StaffJul 23, 2014 07:20:51 IST
Google Maps is now available in Hindi and the feature is available to devices running on Android and on the desktop/PC version of Google Maps. iOS users will still have to search in English.
With the new Google Maps update, users will be able to see names of cities, localities, important roads, as well as popular landmarks such as parks and schools in Hindi.
To view Hindi names on Google Maps, users will need to enable Hindi as the preferred language on their devices. On the desktop version of the app, users will have to click on the settings wheel at the bottom before changing the language preference to Hindi. Other regional languages include Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam. However, other than Hindi, not all places are displayed in regional languages. Hindi seems to be the only Indian language that goes all over the map.
On Android, users simply need to select the Hindi option within the 'Language and input' menu from their phone’s settings.
Google's press statement says that "the new labels visible on Google Maps today have been created by transliterating English names to Hindi, or, translating the English names to Hindi and ensuring the text resonated with local dialects."
The addition of Indian regional languages is the second huge India-centric step that we have seen Google take. Last month, the company had announced that its voice assistant Google Now could now recognise Indian accents easily.
During the announcement, we had noted that including search results in Indian languages could works as a trump card for Google, given the size of the Indian market. During the same event, Sandeep Menon, Head of Marketing for Google India, had pointed out that 61 percent of the Internet use in India will be through mobile devices in the next two years. Now, with Google Maps in Hindi, Google has shown just how serious it is about this market and the burgeoning 61 percent.
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