Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Google Maps Now Available in Hindi

Undoubtedly India is one of the big internet users of the world. Google has launched Google Maps in Hindi. Starting today, people will be able to see Hindi names for cities, localities, important roads, as well as popular points of interest such as public parks and schools, on the new Google Maps and on Google Maps on Android.

To view Hindi name labels on Google Maps, enable Hindi as their preferred language on your device. From a computer, you can change the language preference to Hindi on your Google account settings or by selecting the “Hindi” option at the bottom of the page on the google.co.in home page.

On Android, you just need to select the Hindi option within the “Language and input” menu found in phone’s ‘settings menu’.

Once Hindi has been chosen as the preferred language, people will be able to see Hindi names directly on the map. These new labels that are visible on Google Maps today have been created by transliterating English names to Hindi, or, translating the English names to Hindi and ensuring the text resonated with local dialects.

It’s definitely a tactical as well a welcome move from Google, to bring-in many Hindi-speakers coming online for the first time.

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