India today has 234 million Indian language users who are online, compared to 175 million English web users. "In the last few years, the rapid scale of adoption of Internet across the country has set the ball rolling and today Indian language users have already overtaken the total number of English language users on the Internet in India", said the report.
Google India has introduced neural machine translation for nine Indian languages including Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi and Malayalam.
In comparison to the decade old practice of a phrase-based translation system, neural translation enables the translation of sentences as a whole, rather than being broken down into fractions.
The new translation capability will also be available to users on Google search and Maps to aid discovery of new places with translations of local reviews on Google Maps, both on mobile and desktop.
"About 35% of Indian language internet users access government services, classifieds, news and payment services exclusively online". To clear up any translation quality issues, Google also provides the review in its original language for anyone who wants to clarify a word or two.
"We expect another 300 million Indian language users to come online in the next four years".
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.
Extending support to cover all 22 scheduled Indian languages, Google also rolled out new Gboard (new keyboard for Android launched in December 2016), with transliteration support for Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, and Gujarati.
The new Gboard comes with a feature that makes it easy to resize and reposition the keyboard according to a user's need.
Furthermore, the company in collaboration with the Oxford University Press facilitated the availability of a Hindi dictionary, thus allowing the users to use their existing keyboard to find meanings in Hindi.