Search Google in 14 Indian Languages

Google has made search possible in a large number of international languages. I just found out today that Google has announced Google Labs India on our Independence Day on August 15. Google Labs India is to showcase their favorite ideas for Indian users.

Now, they have made it really easy to search in 14 Indian languages including my native tongue, Tamil without having a special keyboard or software. They have made special iGadgets available for iGoogle Homepage. Once added, I can compose queries in my native language and search for content in Google!

iGoogle gadgets are also available for Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sinhala and Telugu.

Google Indic Transliteration

Google has brought this feature over from Blogger. What you can do with this tool is pretty cool. You can type out the words in Hindi phonetically, with an English keyboard and Google converts it into the correct Hindi word. I tried it with my little Hindi knowledge and was surprised at the agility with which it converted most words correctly. For the ones that are wrong, Google lets you suggest the correct version and the algorithm learns as it goes. It is also available as an iGoogle Gadget.

Google has a powerful presence in India employing a lot of engineers and the availability of search in native languages will be welcomed by everyone around the world.

[via Google Blog]

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7 Responses to “Search Google in 14 Indian Languages”

  1. Vijay August 22, 2007 at 4:00 pm #

    It certainly will help a lot of the non-english speaking community in India.. But I wonder how many such people would know about Google!

  2. K-IntheHouse August 22, 2007 at 6:00 pm #

    Vijay.. thanks for stopping by. Just rescued your comment from Akismet!

    I think it’ll be a great tool for anyone with an interest in finding stuff in their native language. You have valid point though.. who knows Google could already be a household name!

  3. Nirmal August 23, 2007 at 1:25 pm #

    I tried this when it was released, looks good for me. I tried the Malayalam search. :D

  4. K-IntheHouse August 24, 2007 at 2:01 am #

    Hey Nirmal.. I did spend a lot of time looking up stuff in Tamil just because I can now. :-)

  5. custom items February 8, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    I hope that google will also have a search  based on the 83 Filipino dialects.  I a sure that searches will be easier when you are using your own dialect. Maybe I will have to wait for 20 years before they have a Kapampangan  search based interface

  6. viewster February 13, 2012 at 10:46 am #

     Thanks for sharing such an interesting information.

  7. writingbee May 15, 2012 at 7:30 am #

    very interesting!

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