Google unveils neural translation technology

Google said it had unveiled a new set of products and features for Indian languages to better serve the needs of Indians who were coming online rapidly.

It said Google Translate will use a new ‘neural machine translation technology’ to translate between English and nine widely-used Indian languages, including Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu, Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi and Gujarati. “We’re taking a huge step forward to bring down barriers that stop Indian language users from getting more out of the Internet and helping the industry to solve the needs of a billion Indians,” said Rajan Anandan, VP, India and South-East Asia, Google.

Sharing insights from the joint report “Indian Languages — Defining India’s Internet”— by Google and KPMG India, Mr. Anandan said the country had 234 million Indian language users who were online compared with 175 million English users. “We expect another 300 million Indian language users to come online in the next four years.”

Google also announced the extension of neural machine translation to Chrome browser’s auto-translate feature to web content.

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