Google Voice search is already being offered in Hindi, one of the most spoken native Indian languages and now the company is expanding its voice search functionality to eight more languages — Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.
Starting today, anyone will be able to use the voice search on Gboard in Android or Search functionality of the Google app using any one of these nine native Indian languages.
India has a growing number of internet users with the last estimates drawing figures north of 400 million — propelled by the advent of Reliance Jio last year.
“Users can now use voice input in their local language to search for what they are looking for without the need of typing on a tiny keyboard, making the user experience that much faster and easier. In order to perform a voice-based search, users will need to set their language in the Voice settings menu in Google app,” Google stated.
With the growing internet population of the country, especially in tier-2, tier-3 cities as well as rural areas, it’s important that technology is made available in native languages in order to make them more accessible and create greater ease of use.
“Google has worked with native speakers to collect speech samples, asking them to read common phrases. This process not only helped train Google’s machine learning models to understand the sounds and words of the new languages but also improved the accuracy when the system encountered more examples over time,” the company added.