India may be the world’s fastest growing smartphone market, but millions of people in the country face difficulties in operating these handsets because of a big language barrier. But those problems could soon be behind them.
India’s ministry of electronics and IT (MeitY) has given its nod (PDF) for a proposal that requires all phone companies to support at least one additional language — in addition to English and Hindi. This additional language could be any one from nearly two dozen regional languages that people in India speak.
The ministry said the new standard will be mandated with effect from July 1, 2017.