We have some great news for those of you who prefer communication in our national language.
An Urdu version of Whatsapp will very soon be available in the iOS and Android App stores.
The translation couldn’t have come at a better time. Mobile penetration rates are increasing at a steady pace and Whatsapp has more or less replaced SMS.
While most of us have resorted to Roman Urdu as a stop gap measure, a dedicated Urdu version of Whatsapp could be very welcome news for people who don’t know English. Rural areas could particularly benefit from it.
Ahsan Saeed, who was the translator administrator for the project, said:
”I translated 753 strings and moderated 2089 strings in less than 3 months and made Urdu 18th language in which WhatsApp for Android has been fully translated.
It was impossible without help of volunteer translators who put their efforts just for the love of Urdu.”
This move could increase Whatsapp’s already stellar market share and will surely have the telcos scratching their heads at how to irrigate the once fertile lands of SMS. Recently, messaging numbers decreased for the first time in history at Eid.
If SMS wasn’t dead already, it surely is on its way there now.