May 28, 2009

Type in your language on any website

We launched our first transliteration application on Google India Labs two years ago: it let users type in Hindi using an english keyboard. Since then we've expanded our coverage to nine Indian languages (Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Tamil, and Telugu). We have also added the transliteration feature to several Google products such as Blogger, Knol, Orkut, Gmail and iGoogle. For other products, we released an API that lets 3rd party sites embed this technology at no charge. However, the most common user feedback we still receive is requests to add transliteration to even more products. We are actively working on simplifying the use of Indian languages on more websites.

With that in mind, we are happy to announce the launch of a new feature, Transliteration Bookmarklets, that will let you use transliteration on a website that does not support it currently. Transliteration Bookmarklets is a browser-based application that lets you type in your language in any text box on any website and gets added to your browser much like a regular bookmark.

For example, you can use them to:
  • Chat with your friends in your language using Gmail chat.
  • Search for Google news articles.
  • Send messages in your language on your favorite social networks.
  • Create or edit wikipedia pages in your language.

Once you install the bookmarklet on your favorite browser (we support Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari), you can simply turn transliteration on/off in the browser itself.

To get started, click on the links for one of our supported languages and follow the instructions on the page: Arabic, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu. Alternatively, you can follow the links at http://code.google.com/p/t13n/.

Type away, and let us know what you think.

Posted by Sarveshwar Duddu, Software Engineer

May 20, 2009

Webinar for new publishers in India

If you're new to AdSense and would like help with getting started with your account, you may find an answer to your questions during a webinar that we are hosting this Friday evening just for you. In this webinar, we'll walk you through the basics of your account, show you how to start displaying ads, and also answer your questions via chat.

Highlights:-
- Learn how to make the most of your AdSense account.
- Get an opportunity to chat with some AdSense specialists.
- Get detailed insight into different account features.

Here are the details you'll need before registering :
Date: Friday, May 22, 2009
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00 pm IST
Register at:
https://googleonline.webex.com/googleonline/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=570623736

We're only able to accommodate a maximum of 250 people, so we encourage you to register early if you're interested in this session.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Posted by - Soumya Rao - The AdSense India Team

May 14, 2009

Google Transliteration now available for Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi and Nepali

India is one of the most linguistically diverse countries in the world, with several hundred languages and dialects in active use. The 2001 Indian census estimates that there are 29 languages with more than one million native speakers each. Unfortunately, this wonderful variety is not reflected in the online world. While the amount of content available online in Indian languages is growing, it is still relatively small; most online content is still in English. To make it easier to create content in local languages, we launched a transliteration service that allows users to type words phonetically using an English keyboard. We are pleased to announce that our transliteration service is available in four additional languages: Bengali, Gujarati,Marathi and Nepali (it was already available in Hindi,Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam).


You can try this service at our transliteration labs page and in the transliteration iGoogle gadget. Type "aami" to get আমি, "aapane" to get આપણે, "aahe" to get आहे or "chan" to get छन् in Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi and Nepali respectively. We would love to hear from you; let us know what you think.

Posted By Sridatta Chegu, Software Engineer


May 8, 2009

The Great Indian SearchMasters

May 5, 2009

Internet Bus journey continues in Karnataka

Google India is continuing it's efforts to increase awareness of the benefits of Internet in India. Our goal is to take the Internet "straight to the people", therefore kick-starting adoption.

Along with the recent product launches of driving directions on India Maps, SMS Search, Gmail in Indian Languages, we are directly engaging with the Indian users through the Internet Bus program. After a successful tour in Tamil Nadu, we are launching the program in the South Indian state of Karnataka.

Tamil Nadu was a big learning for us and it was inspiring to see that people wanted to know about the internet and share their needs with us. This experience has reinforced our belief that awareness is a key challenge in the growth of the Internet in India and we are excited about bringing this campaign to yet another state. The bus will travel through 15 towns in the next 50 days.

Inside the bus, we make the learning hands-on. Along with interactive "learning booths", showing custom videos , we have "explore booths" to let visitors try out what they have just learned. The Internet Bus will focus on four themes – information, communication, entertainment and education. The content will provide familiarization on using services like search, email, social networking, online maps and mobile. All this information will be available in English and Kannada.

Users across India will be able to follow the bus through its journey, see pictures and videos and join online communities by simply visiting http://www.google.co.in/internetbus.



May 1, 2009

Plan your journey with Google Maps!

Navigating the myriad road network of Indian cities is a challenge that all of us face everyday. One often wonders whether there is a better, maybe off-beat, way to get to the destination and ease the daily commute.

With the launch of driving directions for India on Google MapsTM on desktop and mobile, you now have an option to explore ways to get from point A to point B anywhere in India. If you don't like the suggested route, you can just click and drag the blue route line to navigate through your favorite route. Even better, on your cell phone, just see where your friends are on Latitude, get directions to them and catch-up.

So, the next time you want to travel between cities like
Bangalore to Mysore, or even within a city like Connaught Place to Vasant Vihar, you can use Google Maps to find your way around. Simply search for driving directions by typing "source to destination" like "Mumbai to Pune" in the search box. Or, right click on any location on the map and get directions to/from the location. You can also click on "Get Directions" and type the start and end addresses. e.g. Wilson College, Mumbai to Bandra Railway Station, Mumbai.


How about planning a multi-stop journey? Just click "Add Destinations" or drag the blue line and enter another stop on your journey.



Also, if you are a local expert, and see that there are some things that might need to be updated, such as old road names, unmarked one-ways or no-longer-in-use turns you can head over to Google Map Maker where you can edit them.

You can get more information on directions on our help pages for desktop and mobile .

Go ahead and take some of the hassle out of planning your next journey with Google Maps. Happy driving!

Posted by - Anand Srinivasan, Software Engineer, Zareer K'Maneck, Strategist Online Operations (Geo), Manik Gupta, Product Manager