Google has recently revealed this week that it has added 30 new languages in its speech recognition tech, including languages from emerging mobile markets from African and Indian regions. What this means for Android mobile users based in those markets is that they will now be able to do Google searches by voice, as well as type via voice, with the use of the tech giant’s Gboard keyboard app.
According to Google, adding 30 more new languages now brings the total number of supported languages to 119. Included in the more than a couple of dozen additions are 8 new Indian languages, plus two of the most popular languages spoken within the African continent, Swahili and Amharic.
For the full list of new languages, please see below:
Bengali (Bangladesh, India)
English (Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania)
Sinhala (Sri Lanka)
Swahili (Tanzania, Kenya)
Tamil (India, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Malaysia)
Urdu (Pakistan, India)
Initially, the new speech recognition tech will have support in Gboard for Android and Voice Search. As for English speakers based in America, they can now take full advantage of voice dictation in displaying emoji. For instance, when one wants to express a wink, you can just directly say “winky face emoji” instead of searching for it.
It is also worth mentioning that the Cloud Speech application program interface also have the new languages. Cloud Speech already had support for nearly 90 languages, and is found in various third party voice and video applications, such as transcription services, speech analytics apps, and IVR apps, among many others. Google is expected to incorporate the new languages to its other services, like the Google Translate app, for instance.
This latest move from Google may have a more lasting impact in emerging mobile markets. For example, India approximately has about 420 million mobile Internet users (as of June of this year), which makes the country a prime target for some of the world’s biggest mobile brands, such as Google, Apple, and even Facebook.
This is intriguing because for the longest time, tech giants have always looked to more established mobile markets, especially when introducing new products or services. But as these established markets now start to mature, companies are now giving more attention to emerging mobile markets, where demand for devices and apps are still continuing to grow.
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