Friday, October 7, 2011

Google Maps Offers Single Language Labels [Finally]


Google Maps Single Language Labels

Google Maps is useful and everything, but have you tried using it in a country where English is not the local language? All those labels on the page can make for an unholy mess. Apparently, Google is now allowing people to pick which language they would like to display – at present, the languages are limited to Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian and English… the update just doesn’t seem to have made its way to Japan yet.
On a side note, as someone who has spent more than 10 years in Japan and who is yet to get around to learning kanji, I definitely see a good point to the double labels: they help with the street signs.

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