Google has added Malayalam and Bengali to its news showcase. The company says it will help more readers access news in their own language. With the addition of these two languages, Google now offers news from over 60 partners, representing over 100 publications in 8 languages.
“We continue to work with all types of publishers – from digital natives to regional media in India to engage with their readers and help provide reliable information across our platform,” Google said.
Google claims to be happy to partner with the Indian news industry and support new digital formats and innovations to create a sustainable, independent and diverse news ecosystem.
Earlier this year, Google News Showcase announced the expansion of its online experience and licensing program to help news organizations and readers in India. It later announced support for four regional languages, including Kannada, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu, in addition to the already existing English and Hindi languages.
With the introduction of Malayalam and Bengali, more users will be able to access news in their own language through Google News and Discover platforms.
In other news, Google has announced a list of specific changes in India during its Google for India 2021 event that will be implemented as part of Google Pay’s decision to add Hindi to the default language. The company will make the app available in both English and Hindi for the convenience of its customers. The company further revealed that the Pay option will enable voice recognition to be able to transfer money directly to the bank account without having to physically type the complete account number and IFSC code.
Google Assistant has also received an update that will allow users to use AI for the end-to-end Covid-19 vaccination process. Using AI this feature will book a vaccination slot using your Aadhaar number.
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