New Delhi: In a bid to bolster the Indian language news ecosystem and foster a more inclusive language web, Google announced the addition of two new Indian languages to ‘Google News.’
The tech giant revealed that ‘Google News’ will now support Gujarati and Punjabi, making them available to users in the coming weeks. With this update, the total number of languages supported on Google News in India will increase to 10, including Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, and Telugu.
Google emphasized its commitment to making information accessible to people worldwide in the language of their preference. The move is in line with the company’s efforts to drive the expansion of the Indian language internet, ensuring that more users can access valuable information.
Earlier this year, Google introduced the GNI (Google News Initiative) Indian Languages Programme, which received an overwhelming response. The program received over 600 applications from news publishers across the country, and more than 300 publishers have been selected to participate. The GNI initiative aims to support news publishers in modernizing their digital ecosystem and enhancing user experiences on the web, mobile, and apps.
Sanjay Gupta, Country Manager and Vice President at Google India, expressed the company’s dedication to collaborating with the news ecosystem. The addition of supported languages on Google News is just one aspect of their efforts to empower users and publishers with vital information.
Additionally, Google highlighted that the GNI initiative offers support and essential resources to news publishers. The program is available in nine languages, including English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Malayalam, Gujarati, and Marathi, making it one of Google’s most diverse technology initiatives for news publishers.
The expansion of Google News’ language support and the GNI Indian Languages Programme are strategic moves to foster an inclusive digital environment, enabling more people to access reliable news and information in their preferred languages.