Google+ has now announced support for Indic languages taking the total available languages (globally) to 60 including 9 Indic languages – Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. By language support, Google+ simply supports language interface change and not transliteration, which means it’s just a namesake language support.
In order to change the language, go to www.google.com/settings/language and select the language of your choice.
Local language support – The next BIG thing?
Very recently, Wikipedia released the offline version of Marathi wikipedia and plans to roll out local language support for 25 languages very soon. Yahoo too launched malayalam.yahoo.com, in partnership with Malayala Manorama.
Is local language the next BIG thing? Read an interesting perspective on this: Why Indian Languages Failed to make a mark Online!.
As far as Google+ is concerned, isn’t it a bit too early in the product cycle to even announce language support, which as a feature is quite basic in implementation?
More local language stories:
- W3C Opens India Office, Local Web to get a boost
- Convert Web site from one script to another – Google India Launches Script Convertor
- Google India Launches Transliteration Tool for Desktop