Google has rolled out search in three Indian languages - Gujarati, Marathi and Bengali. With Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu having been launched earlier, this means that Google now allows users to search in 8 major Indian languages. We had earlier written about the launch of Google News in Tamil, and also about the company integrating Google News in Hindi with English, for users accessing the service from India. Note in the image below that Google's Indic Language Search uses transliteration and suggests words being searched. While Google remains the dominant search engine in India, Internet usage in India has largely been limited to English speaking and bilingual users. Depending on which market research report you read, Internet users in India range from 35 million to 45 million, but broadband connectivity is abysmally low at around 4.5 million connections. Rediff's Language Search Rediff's Language Search, which they first mentioned in an earnings release last year, is also live, in beta, here. They're currently offering search in the same languages as Google - in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Gujarati, Bengali and Kannada, though I quite like the fact that they've got a single, integrated search bar for languages, unlike in case of Google, where I'm not sure of how one will discover the language page. Rediff's Language search also uses transliteration, probably powered by Quillpad. Rediff had acquired a minority stake in Bangalore based Tachyon, which has developed Quillpad. Rediff's language search is in Beta, and you can give them…
Google Rolls Out Search In 3 Indian Languages – Gujarati, Marathi and Bengali; Rediff Language Search In Beta
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