Indian language, Indic, has been in the digital space for a long time. There have been few companies which were into Indic as early as 2000. But lately, few AI & Machine Learning companies too are supporting Indic in a big way.
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Research in Indian Languages (Digital)
- ELLORA: Microsoft Research Project ‘Enabling Low Resource Languages’ is finding ways to collect data to build language technology models that will conserve resources
- Pepper is the one-stop destination for content in vernacular, voice and video.
- Aham: Virtual assistant gives you information from the WHO and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare about COVID-19 contagion. Aham helps you diagnose your risk profile for Coronavirus (COVID-19) in English and 6 Indian languages.
- Dhee.ai: Chat and voice bot which enables businesses to engage, communicate and serve native language speakers in 10 Indian languages.
- Vernacular.ai: Chatbots for fintech in multiple Indian languages to automate your customer service operations.
- Navlekha: a Google initiative, helps you easily make offline content fully editable and publish online without expert digital knowledge. Helping digitize 135,000 Indian publishers get a web presence in less than a minute, FOR FREE. Few works can be seen here.
Domain Names in Indian Languages
- Registry.in: .IN domain is available in 15 Indian languages.
- Guvi: Boost your career by learning in your native language to code
- Language Curry: Makes learning Indian languages easy, interactive, and culturally relevant for expats, tourists, international students, kids, domestic migrants, NRIs, and cultural enthusiasts.
- Gnani.ai: Voice assistant for your applications, supports multiple Indian languages. Also has a text-to-speech solution.
- Liv.ai: Speech recognition in Hindi, English and all major Indian languages. Uses Deep Learning to develop products that will, easily and efficiently, take over tasks that are routine, repetitive, mundane and time-consuming.
- Slang Labs: Slang is a voice experience development platform that provides the fastest way for mobile app developers to build out a multi-lingual, multi-modal voice experience with natural multi-step conversations right inside any mobile app.
- Voxta: “Mobile Alexa” voice assistant app in Indian languages.
With the rise in demand for Indic content, individuals and corporates are looking for translation services.
- Process9: MOX Wave is a cloud-based machine translation and transliteration system supporting Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada. Mox Gateway automatically translates your existing website to other Indian languages.
Indian Language Keyboards
- MOX Keyboard for Android: A web and mobile keypad that supports input in multiple Indian languages. Apart from its 21-language support, the keypad also offers flexible layouts like Inscript, Phonetic, and Shiftless, and can easily be integrated with websites, mobile sites, and mobile apps.
In 1990s and early 2000, devices (PCs, mobiles) did not support Indian languages. Today, Android and iOS devices have Indic fonts built in, which has made the life of a reader easier. However, many publishers wish to use third-party fonts to improve the quality of rendering.
- Indian Type Foundry (ITF)
- Reverie Indic Language Fonts: The most popular fonts provider to device manufacturers
Indic Focussed Portals, Apps
- Oneindia: The earliest player in Indic space focussed on news, entertainment, lifestyle, technology, education, travel and personal finance
- DailyHunt: The most popular news aggregator app in India, supporting all Indian languages.
- Circle.News: Android-only app with local news in Hindi (North India only)
- GetVokal: The first audio-based platform which allows you to share knowledge (Q&A) in multiple Indian languages. Seed funding: Accel, Series A: Kalaari Capital
- InShorts: Excellent UI/UX. News summarized in 60 works.
- Lokal: Telugu news from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana covering Vijayawada, Warangal, Suryapet, Nalgonda, Huzurnagar, Kodad, Miryalaguda and Devarakonda regions
- Matrubharti is a community of Indian language lovers, it is a place for content creators and consumers to celebrate Indian literature and culture
- myUpchar: Health content in Hindi. Funded by Omidyar Network, Nexus, Shunwei Capital
- Pratilipi: Storytelling platform, read and write stories in your language
- Rocket Post Live: The first paid Hindi news on Whatsapp
- ShareChat: The most popular Indic chatting platform in India. Funded by Series A: Lightspeed India Partners, SAIF Partners, India Quotient, Venture Highway. Series B: Xiaomi
Indian Language Videos
- JoshTalks: Watch India’s most incredible stories in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Malayalam, Punjabi and Telugu on Josh Talks – Get Motivated and Get Inspired!
- Roposo: A video app in 9 Indian languages
Indian Language Podcasts
- Aawaz: is a voice first initiative that will inspire a nation with stories told in languages that are unique to India.