Google Translate has steadily been adding languages to its service. It now supports 5 new languages, including Marathi, taking the total number of languages to over 70.
The other new languages are Bosnian, the official language of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Cebuano, one of the major languages of the Philippines; Hmong, spoken in China, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and the US and Javanese, Indonesia’s second most-spoken language.
Marathi is spoken by more than 73 million people in India. Google warns that support for Marathi is still in the alpha stage so there might be quite a few bugs.
Google Translate is available on the web and as mobile apps on various platforms.
Before the addition of Marathi, Google had supported 7 Indian languages – Hindi, Kannada, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Telegu and Urdu. Most of the languages are still in the experimental stage, in spite of being launched awhile back. A good thing about Google Translate is its support for transliterated input method. Thus one does not need an Indic keyboard to type in Indic languages.
The Google Translate app for Android also got a update. It now supports Phrasebook syncing which lets users save translations of often used phrases and have access to them on all their devices. Additionally, support for 16 new European languages for its camera translation feature has been added to the app.
Google has been taking the Indian market of late. In a market where most people do not speak English this is very important. A couple of months back, Google introduced offline packs for various languages including Hindi. Once these files were downloaded on an Android phone, one could use it offline.
It also announced support for 6 Indic languages on feature phone browsers.Google introduced Google Hindi Input on Android phones, which enabled users to type messages, update social networks and compose emails in Hindi on Android devices.