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Jul. 17, 2013 11:03 am

Philly 311 mobile app launches foreign language feature

Available in five languages, the foreign language widget offers information on translation services, interacting with city government, community resources such as the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians and the Pennsylvania Immigrant and Citizenship Coalition and more.

The Bo De Buddhist Temple in South Philadelphia. Photo from Hidden City.

The city launched a foreign language add-on to its Philly 311 mobile app, which lets Philadelphians report city service problems.

Available in five languages, the foreign language widget offers information on receiving translation services, interacting with city government, finding community resources such as the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians and the Pennsylvania Immigrant and Citizenship Coalition and more.

The Philly 311 mobile app itself is available in 16 different languages, but this new collection of FAQs will be populated with the five most used languages beyond English, including Spanish, Russian and Korean.

In the press release, Jennifer Rodriguez, who heads the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs, cited¬†a study by the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians¬†that found that immigrants use mobile technology more than the overall U.S. population.

The foreign language widget is the latest in a series of features that the city has added to its 311 mobile app since its launch nearly a year ago. The widgets fall in line with the city’s goal of using the mobile app as more than just an app, but a platform for the city to reach its citizens.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes became Technical.ly's editorial product lead after reporting on the Philadelphia tech scene for four years. She's co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.

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