Timeline of Hindi on the web

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This is a timeline of Hindi on the web.

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1990s–2000s "When computers became mainstream in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Windows did not offer any of the top Indian languages as an out-of-the-box system language. Most Indian language users, especially those who didn’t study the English language at school, struggled with PCs in their colleges and at work but had no way out."[1]

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Year Month and date Event type Details
2001 October 26 Prabhasakshi
2003 July 11 Hindi Wikipedia is launched.
2007 March "Google News Launched In Hindi"[2]
2007 October "'Tata Zone', the entertainment space on Tata Indicom mobile phones is now available in Hindi. This service, comes loaded with applications, pricing details, download and browsing instructions in Hindi."[3]
2008 February 19 "The Economic Times launches in Hindi"[4]
2011 India's Internet population is estimated at 100 million users.[5]
2011 "Indian language Internet user base registered an astonishing growth to 234 million in 2016 from 42 million in 2011, thereby surpassing English users, according to a study by KPMG and Google"[6] "For India, the growth in Internet userbase has certainly come from mobile phones. From 20 million in 2011, we have 152 million users accessing Internet over their smartphones."[7]
2012–2015 Hindi search queries triple in the period, while the search term “समाचार” (Hindi for “news”) more than doubles, further indicating that the desire for local-language content is in fact growing.[8]
2014 January "Horizontal e-commerce marketplace Snapdeal.com has gone multilingual with its website starting with Hindi and Tamil languages, besides the default English language."[9]
2015 December "Khan Academy and Central Square Foundation Launch Khan Academy in Hindi"[10]
2016 "Indian language Internet user base registered an astonishing growth to 234 million in 2016 from 42 million in 2011, thereby surpassing English users, according to a study by KPMG and Google"[6]
2017 April "According to a report by Google and KPMG India published in April 2017, there were 234 million Indian-language internet users in 2016 while only 175 million English users, and the gap between the two groups is expected to widen going forward. The report states that nine out of ten new internet users between 2016 and 2021 will use local languages"[1]
2018 May "Quora launches in Hindi"[11]
2018 September 4 "Amazon website launches in Hindi for Android, mobile site customers"[12]
2021 Hindi language users are predicted to make up 38% of all Indian language internet users in India by the time.[13]
2021 "Defining India’s Internet, also projects that Hindi Internet user base is likely to outgrow English user base by 2021" "The projected user base in English by 2021 is 199 million by which time Indian language Internet user base will grow to an astonishing 536 million, or 75 percent of India’s Internet user base"[6] "By 2021, there will be over 500 million users of Indian languages while English users will be less than half the number"[1] "Hindi internet users will outnumber English users by 2021"[14] "Hindi Internet users (at 201 million) are expected to outnumber those accessing the web in English at 199 million with the total Internet userbase in the country forecast to be about 735 million by 2021"[15]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Tech Startups, Take Note: More Indians Access The Internet In Their Native Language Than In English". forbes.com. Retrieved 12 January 2020. 
  2. "Google News Launched In Hindi – Gigaom". https://gigaom.com › 2007/03/16 › 419-google-news-launched-in-hindi.  External link in |website= (help);
  3. "TATA ZONE LAUNCHED IN HINDI". firstpost.com. Retrieved 12 January 2020. 
  4. "The Economic Times launches in Hindi". economictimes.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 12 January 2020. 
  5. "Hindi content consumption on internet growing at 94%: Google". economictimes.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 27 August 2019. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "All you need to know about the Indian language Internet user base". english.manoramaonline.com. Retrieved 12 January 2020. 
  7. "Hindi content consumption on internet growing at 94%: Google". businesstoday.in. Retrieved 18 January 2020. 
  8. "Why Hindi Matters in the Digital Age". thinkwithgoogle.com. Retrieved 27 August 2019. 
  9. "Snapdeal goes multilingual, launches Hindi and Tamil versions". techcircle.in. Retrieved 12 January 2020. 
  10. "Khan Academy and Central Square Foundation Launch Khan Academy in Hindi". edtechreview.in. Retrieved 12 January 2020. 
  11. "Quora launches in Hindi; other Indian languages planned". medianama.com. Retrieved 12 January 2020. 
  12. "Quora launches in Hindi; other Indian languages planned". medianama.com. Retrieved 12 January 2020. 
  13. "Predicted break up of Indian language internet users by 2021". theatlas.com. Retrieved 30 July 2019. 
  14. "'95% of video consumption in India is in regional languages; Hindi internet users will outnumber English users by 2021'". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 12 January 2020. 
  15. "ShareChat to hire 100-150 people; further strengthen presence in tier II cities". economictimes.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 12 January 2020.