NAIROBI-- Google Search says it has now made it possible for Swahili users to get more intelligent and contextualized search results of people, things, and entities that Google already knows about.

Swahili is one of the most spoken African languages. It is a Bantu language and is a lingua franca of the African Great Lakes region and East and southeastern Africa, including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Google has now made it much easier for the over 100 million Swahili speakers to search for things they care about. The information is presented to users in an infobox next to the regular strings of search results.

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, Google's product search marketing lead for sub-Saharan Africa.

This means that next time you search 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.

Launched in 2012, the Knowledge Graph is a search capability that understands real-world entities and their relationships to one another instead of simply listing keywords in unrelated contexts: things, not strings. It is currently available in 59 languages.


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