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Instagram testing Hindi language support for India: Report

Indian Express 2018-11-09 10:09:24

Instagram testing Hindi support for India: Screenshots show Settings page, notifications, comments as well as profile in Hindi. (Image: Jane Manchun Wong/Twitter)

India is one of the biggest markets for Instagram, only second to the US and the company is constantly working on features to increase its popularity in the country. Tipster Jane Manchun Wong revealed on Twitter that Instagram is working on Hindi language support for Indian users. She also posted screenshots that show Settings page, notifications, comments as well as profile in Hindi. The app will apparently have IGTV section in Hindi as well.

“Instagram is working on supporting Hindi as part of their growth efforts,” Wong wrote on Twitter. Hindi language support for Instgram is reportedly available for its Android app as of now, with iOS expected to follow soon. Several options including entire Settings page, notifications tab will appear in Hindi when the feature is released officially. In the screenshot shared by Wong, some lables still appear in English, suggesting the feature is under development.


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The Facebook-owned company is also testing a new method of navigating posts – just by tapping through them, rather than scrolling. This was first spotted by Instagram user Suprateek Bose who posted screenshots of the new method of navigating posts. Instagram also confirmed to TechCrunch that it is testing tap-to-advance in the Explorer tab with a small set of users.

Instagram is working on supporting Hindi as part of their growth efforts

इंस्टाग्राम भारतीय बाजार में विस्तार के लिए हिंदी का समर्थन करने पर काम कर रहा है। pic.twitter.com/ufMcDxNJS6

— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) November 8, 2018

Another feature that Instagram is testing is a school-based version of its Stories, as reported by TechCrunch. Wong put out screenshots of the code on Twitter that mentioned the presence of a new Stories mode. The update is expected to allow users within a school to share Stories amongst each other. In addition, the images of code show that Instagram will “manually review” school Stories to ensure that “the community is safe.”