Yamli Enables Arabic Transliteration Everywhere with the Beta Launch of a FireFox Toolbar
Yamli which started as an Arabic transliteration service that changes Latin characters into Arabic text, and later went into opening its API to any developer and then launched an innovative search engine, it has just launched a FireFox toolbar in beta ( All ArabCrunch past coverage related to Yamli can be found here .)
The Firefox toolbar is part of Yamli’s attempt to be everywhere, “we want to give users the power of Yamli everywhere they go on the web” said Habib Haddad the cofounder of Yamli.
The toolbar also enables users to post their updates using Yamli’s transliteration technology (which can be turned off and on) on twitter and facebook. It also offers the search options offered on Yamli.com which includes: web search, images search, youtube search, wikipedia and news search , the toolbar also comes with a link to Yamli’s web editor .
By large it seems users have welcomed this move by Yamli over Twitter for example:
Stephanie TS aka MissGoogle from UAE said:
“The #Yamli toolbar made me discover Arabic all over again! Loving it. I think there should be a Yamli for every language in the world.”
And Ahmed Naguib from Egypt, seemed also interested in the toolbar:
Here are some screen shots of Yamli on Yahoo
Habib said that they are looking for users’ feedback and they are planning to add more features that caters to the interest of the Arabic user.
Yamli competes with a number of startups in the Arabic search and Arabic transliteration arenas:
in the Transliteration field they compete with Ta3reeb from Google and onkosh. However Yamli was faster in gaining market adoption with being 1st to release API’s for its transliteration service, in partnering with third party Arabic websites such as Maktoob’s As7ab and Ikbis, and Habib was key in creating a PR buzz around his baby. Nevertheless, I just noticed that Google’s Ta3reeb has released an API here, but I do not know when they released it and if anyone is using it.