Google has announced a new update to its translation tool, the Google Translate. This latest update adds new languages including Burmese that is the official language of Myanmar and Malayalam one of India’s six classical languages with nearly 38 million speakers.
In a press release yesterday, Google said they were adding 10 languages to Translate, bringing the total number of supported languages to 90.
The new languages include Burmese, Malayalam, Sinhala, Sundanese, Kazakh, Tajik and Chichewa.
According to Google, India currently has about 200 million Internet users, with five million new users added every month, which means that India will have more Internet users than the U.S. within the next year. But only 198 million Indian people are estimated to be proficient in English, so it’s important for Google to increase its roster of offerings in different Indian languages if it wants to tap into that market.
Meanwhile, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has stressed the importance of free speech in Myanmar. Last year, he called in a speech for the Myanmar government to stay away from regulating the Internet, saying “The answer to bad speech is more speech. More communication. More voices. If you are a political leader you get a much better idea of what your citizens are thinking about.”
These 10 new languages will allow more than 200 million additional people to translate text to and from their native languages, according to the press release.
Here is the Official Press Release.