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Google launches Kiswahili language versions

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN  Jul 13, 2010

(eTN) Gmail, Google Maps, and Google Chrome – Google’s very own web browser – are now available in a Kiswahili language version according to reports received last week, making access to the Internet for East African, non-English speakers possible at last, improving and expanding the realm of communication, including travel and tourism.

The launch of the Kiswahili language versions coincided with the official start of the East African Community’s Common Market, signifying that a united East Africa now can communicate in their most spoken "lingua franca" when using a computer and connecting to the Internet. Over 120 million people are thought to speak the language across the wider region.

It is understood that Google’s translation service is also covering Kiswahili pages and documents, a development hailed across East Africa by academicians, teachers, and the general user range of web-based services.

Google launches Kiswahili language versions
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