Google held an L10n event on Thursday to introduce a list of features for Indian language users. One of the main announcements of the virtual event is the ability to switch the search results between English and Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Marathi on the mobile device among the four newly added Indian languages. This is an extension of the existing options, you can switch the search results between English and Hindi. Google also emphasized that even if the query is typed in English, its search engine will begin to display content in the supported Indian languages. Google Maps also allows users to view results in 9 Indian languages on the application without changing their system language. Google also announced its multilingual model called “Multilingual Notation for Indian Language” (MuRIL) to help computer systems understand Indian languages on a large scale.
Google knows that search queries made in native Indian languages are very popular. Therefore, in addition to Hindi, Google has been updated to allow in English and four other Indian languages (Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Malay). Ladhi) to switch between search results. The company introduced the ability to switch between English and Hindi in search results as early as June 2016. This is provided through a simple “chip” or tab, and users on mobile devices can click to view the results in their preferred language.
Google said that after the introduction of Search’s English-Hindi switch, India’s Hindi query volume has increased by more than 10 times.
In addition to switching search results between English and Hindi, Google will also upgrade its search engine to enable it to understand the language content to be displayed, even when typing local language queries in English. This new feature will be launched in five Indian languages next month: Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu. Designed to help people get relevant content in supported Indian languages. In addition, it is also useful for bilinguals, who can understand English and local languages together.
Google has also brought a language selector to Google Maps, allowing users to quickly change their language preference to one of the nine supported Indian languages. The update will allow users to search for locations, get directions and navigation, and learn about different settings in their preferred local language.It is possible to pass Set value then click Application language.
Before the latest changes, users can only change their preferred language on Google Maps by changing the device’s system language.
Google initially brought similar language selectors to Google Assistant and Discover. The search giant emphasized that one-third of Google Assistant users in India use the Indian language, and since the launch of the language selector, the number of Indian language queries has doubled. A similar effect was noticed on Discover, which showed more than 50% of the content in Indian languages.
“In the past two years. India has added 400 million new Internet users from rural areas in India,” said Sanjay Gupta, head and vice president of Google India during the L10n event. “Every new user coming online is an Hindi user, and we are committed to making a difference.”
In addition to the language-focused changes related to Search and Google Maps, Google has also upgraded the Lens integration in the Google app for mobile devices, allowing users to find simple ways to solve the math in Hindi and English problem. You just need to go to the “Search” bar in the Google app and click the “Google Lens” icon to take a picture of the math problem. This will enable the image recognition system to convert the image into a query, and then obtain step-by-step guides and videos to help explain the problem.
Google did not give the exact number of users, but he said that India has more people using Google Lens every month than any other country in the world. In 2020 alone, countries using Lens have translated 3 billion words. The new update may further expand the use of Google Lens and eventually provide the company with more data to improve its artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms.
Google’s existing AI development has helped the company better understand Indian languages. This led to the development of a multilingual representation (or “MURIL”) of the Indian language, which was established by a group of researchers from Google Research India. The new language model aims to expand across languages and provide support for transliteration. For example, this can be helpful when writing text in Hindi using Roman script.
Google said that unlike any traditional language model to train computer systems, MuRIL can help determine the sentiment of a sentence. This means it can explain the meaning of the sentence-whether it is negative or positive. For example, if someone writes in Roman script, “Achha Hua Account Bandh Nahi Hua (I am glad that the account has not been closed)”. The language model claims to be able to correctly identify it as a positive statement.
MuRIL also includes functions to classify people and places. So, for example, if someone writes “Sildi Saisai Baba (Shirdi’s Sai Baba),” it will correctly interpret it as a person.
Google certainly admits that despite many upgrades to existing language models, MuRIL is not an ideal model for understanding human language. Nevertheless, it is optimistic that the new development will lay a better foundation for researchers, students and people interested in establishing Indian language technology start-ups.
MuRIL supports 16 Indian languages and English, and is free and open source through TensorFlow Hub.
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