I was waiting for this good news from Google for a long time. Finally, it’s here. Google Translate will now support 5 Indian languages viz. Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu. This is still in alpha release mind you..
Beginning today, you can explore the linguistic diversity of the Indian sub-continent with Google Translate, which now supports five new experimental alpha languages: Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu. In India and Bangladesh alone, more than 500 million people speak these five languages. Since 2009, we’ve launched a total of 11 alpha languages, bringing the current number of languages supported by Google Translate to 63.
More details can be found in the post by Ashish Venugopal, Research Scientist , Google. Curious to check the accuracy of the translation, I tried translating the above quote from the Google blog to Tamil.
I will say the accuracy is almost 70%. Certainly not bad for alpha release. And Google’s statistical machine translation approach will help in improving the accuracy as more web content are presented in these language. Now waiting for the update on Google translate for Android.