Google’s Voice Search is Now Available in More Than 8 Indian Languages

Google has been ramping support for Indian languages across its various products like Maps and Search as a large number of the new users coming online are Indic language users.


NEW DELHI : Tech Giant Google has made it possible for us to simply voice search anything in our own native language including Tamil, Bengali and Malayalam to help user search for online content.

Currently, voice search feature was available only in English and Hindi, but Google has added more languages today, namely Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Telegu and Urdu.

“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,” Google Technical Program Manager Daan van Esch told reporters on a video conference here.

He added that to perform a voice search, users will need yo set their language in the voice settings menu in the Google App.

“Globally, we now support voice search for 119 languages. We are introducing support for 30 new languages today, of which eight are Indian languages,” he added further.

The update, which rolls out today, will require the user to just tap the microphone icon (usually on the homescreen of Android smartphones) to start voice search.

Due to Digital India programme, more Indic users are now using Android phones and other various apps like Google Maps and Google Search.

Esch explained how Google used Machine Learning Models and Native Speakers to understand various sounds and words, thus translation words from sound to text.

“Voice input for each of these languages is expected to get better over time, as more and more native speakers use the product,” he added.

Esch said many users also prefer to use voice to dictate a message as it is convenient and also faster than typing.

Earlier this year, Google had announced the launch of new products and features to help create more language content and address the needs of new users coming online.

According to a report by Google-KPMG, an estimated 536 million Indians are expected to use regional languages while online by 2021 as compared to about 199 million users who are expected to access the web in English.

This growth is driven by increasing affordability of devices and data charges as well as availability of more local content, the report had said.

Interestingly, the report had pointed that apart from Hindi, Marathi and Bengali users are expected to drive volume growth, while Tamil, Kannada and Telugu users are expected to be among the most digitally engaged through 2016 to 2021.

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.