Google launched Hindi Search Website and Voice Search
Google Now, already recognizes the Indian accent as well as understand Hinglish. At an event in New Delhi, Google demoed voice search in Hindi. Additionally, it also launched a portal for Hindi-related content like websites, blogs, apps and videos among others.
Earlier this year, Google India’s Sandeep Menon told BGR India how Hindi voice search was the next big thing for Google India. He also revealed how the company had over 700 volunteers in India who are asked to read popular search queries in a variety of acoustic conditions such as in restaurants, out on busy streets, and inside cars.
“Our mission at Google is to ensure the world’s information is universally accessible, and this includes the millions of users in India who are about to come online for the first time,” Amit Singhal, Google’s senior vice president of Search said. “Hindi Voice Search will be just one of the many steps Google is taking to empower the Indian language users and advertisers to take advantage of the Web’s huge economic and social potential.”
According to Google, most new Indians coming online don’t speak English and typing in Hindi isn’t easy either. That’s where Hindi Voice Search comes to play. Google has also launched a new Hindi keyboard.
Google also launched a website called www.hindiweb.com, which will help users find Hindi-related content like websites, blogs, apps, and videos.
Google also announced the Indian Language Internet Alliance (ILIA) in partnership with the likes of ABP News, Amar Ujala Publications, IDB Digital, Firstouch, HinKhoj, NDTV, Network 18, Oneindia.com, and Times Internet Limited among others. The alliance’s focus is to bring regional content to Internet users in India.
The search giant says that nearly 200 million Indians are currently online, which is only 16 percent of the country’s population. It says that India is the third largest Internet market, which is set to overtake US in the next 12 months.
“India is adding five million Internet users every month and all of them are on mobile. Our aim is to get 500 million users online by 2017,” said Rajan Anandan, Vice President and Managing Director, Google India.