Google has updated its Google Translate iPhone app to add support for five new Indic languages, according to a post on the Google Translate Blog. The new languages are Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu.
Google added support for these languages to its online translation service back in June and had at the time said that they were in an experimental stage due to some major differences in language structure compared to their western counterparts.
Unfortunately, the company hasn’t been able to polish it up enough to be able to remove the ‘experimental’ tag from these languages yet and we could not get it to produce an accurate translation of even the simplest of sentences. Hopefully, they will see improvements with time.
Of course, Google’s support for India’s most widely spoken language Hindi remains as good as ever, with the service capable of doing nearly perfect translations from English and even speaking the results out loud. It’s so good, in fact, that you can apparently use it to place your order at an Indian restaurant in Hindi over the phone!