Korean electronics major Samsung Tuesday said its Galaxy range of
smartphones and Tab 3 will support content and user interface in nine
major regional languages of the country.
While the Galaxy Grand, Galaxy S4
and Tab 3 will support Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada,
Malayalam, Marathi and Gujarati from Tuesday, the firm will enhance
availability of the regional language content starting with its
entry-level Android model Galaxy Star this month.
of content and user interface in these nine major regional languages
will also help the electronics major expand its reach as these languages
are spoken by almost 80 percent of the country's population.
of content combined with easy access is the key driver for usage of any
language. We clearly sense a need and demand amongst users to
communicate in local languages using their mobile devices," Samsung
India Country Head (Mobile and IT) Vineet Taneja said New Delhi.
will not only work with content providers towards making more regional
language content, but will also work with app developers so that more
Indian consumers can enjoy mobile experience in their own language, he
"At Samsung, we will increase the number of devices that
offer regional languages content and experience from next month onwards
as well as enhance the bouquet of languages for our consumers," Taneja
Speaking on the occasion, National Innovation Council Member
Kiran Karnik said access to regional languages content will give a
strong fillip to mobile data consumption and also empower millions of
Indians who are not fluent in English.
"To further propel the
market and technology penetration, industry should come out with below
USD 50 smartphones and tablets. The government in the next few months
will launch the Akash 4 tablet," he added.
Facebook India Country
Growth Manager Kevin D'souza said the social networking firm is excited
that Facebook for Android and Facebook Messenger on Samsung smartphones
will now support 9 Indian languages.