Swahili, one of the most widely spoken languages across Africa with over 100 million speakers predominantly in Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa, becomes the latest African languages to be optimized for search engine searches on Google.
Google Search will, going forward, make it a lot easier for Swahili speakers to run online searches using Swahili words and gets results contextualized in Swahili. As it currently stands, though users can run Google Search using Swahili words, they get minimal in terms of contextualized results based on the language.
“When someone conducts a search, they want answers as quickly as possible. To help Swahili speakers discover new information more easily, we’re now making the Google Knowledge Graph available in Swahili,” said Christina Lin, the Lead Product Search Marketing for SSA.
“This means that next time you sear for President Uhuru Kenyatta under the Kiswahili language setting, you’ll instantly get information that’s relevant to your query such as President Kenyatta’s date of birth, siblings, and children among other biographical details.”
FYI – the Knowledge Graph is a Google Search feature that strives to learn about real-world entities and the relationship to the …read more