Google Technical Program Manager Daan Van Esch announcement in today’s video conference about introduces 30 languages of which 8 are Indian languages which includes Bengali, Malayalam,Tamil, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Telugu and Urdu. Google now support 119 languages globally.
During the announcement he stated that “Starting today, speakers of these languages will be able to use their voice to dictate queries, both in Gboard on Android as well as in Search through the Google App”.
To use this service, users have to set their language in the voice settings menu in the Google app and tap the microphone icon in the homescreen of Android smartphones to start voice search.
Voice input for each of these languages is expected to get better by collecting speech samples from the native speakers. Interestingly the newly added language are expected to drive more traffic in the following years.
Google has been ramping support for Indian languages across its various products like Maps and Search because of large number of the new users are Indian language users.
Voice search in these new languages will be available in Google Search on iOS as well. These will soon be extended to other Google apps and products, including the Translate app.
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