Google has announced that its news aggregator platform, Google News, include two new Indian languages, Gujarati and Punjabi, to make news more accessible in regional languages for users in India. With this, the company also aims to strengthen its support for the Indian language news ecosystem and broaden the reach of regional languages on the web. In addition to Gujarati and Punjabi, Google News is also offered in eight different Indian languages, including Bengali, English, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu.
Earlier this year, Google launched the Google News Initiative (GNI) program, which has received over 600 applications from news publishers across the country. Out of which, more than 300 participants have been selected to participate in the program. The GNI program will provide resources and support to improve the digital ecosystem and user experience across the web, mobile, and apps.
For the unaware, the Google News Initiative offers news publishers tools and resources, including training centers, webinars, mentorships, demos, and case studies, that help them grow their audience, revenue, and quality of journalism. The GNI program is available in English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Malayalam, Gujarati, and Marathi.
These developments were announced at the second edition of the Google India News Summit for news publishers. The founding chairman of UIDAI, Nandan Nilekani, opened the event and gave a keynote speech on the transformation of the Indian digital economy and the possibilities for creating and consuming quality content.