In an effort to make Google products & service available in as many languages as possible, Google hits 40 languages read by over 98% of Internet users and got going, relying heavily on open source libraries such as ICU and other internationalization technologies to design products.
“As more and more users, advertisers, and partners interact with Google across the world, the need for local products has become even more obvious. In 2007, we undertook a company-wide initiative to increase the availability of our products in multiple languages. Do you need web search in Chinese or AdWords online support in Spanish? Perhaps Google News in Hindi or Google Scholar in Korean?” explains Google blog.
- 30 in 30: Today we have more than 30 products in more than 30 languages, up from 5 products in 30 languages just a year ago.
- In 2004, we had 150 local-language versions of various products (e.g. a product local to the UK, not just the English-speaking world); today we’re at more than 1500.
- From January to March of 2008, we launched 256 local-language versions of various products, compared to 55 in the same period of 2007.
- We’ve upgraded to Unicode 5.1 to make sure that we can handle any characters people read or write in.