Google, as promised, has started rolling out Hindi Assistant to its Allo instant messaging app in India. To recall, Google at its Make for India event in September had promised that Allo will receive Hindi Assistant later this year.
The new updates in “Google Assistant” and “Smart Reply” features will roll on Allo from Monday on Android and iOS devices and will be available to all users in the coming days, the company said in a statement.
Google also announced that India has the highest number of Allo users. With the latest feature, Google Assistant in Allo will now understand and respond in Hindi. To start talking in Hindi inside Assistant, Allo users will have to say “Talk to me in Hindi“, or they can also change the language preference setting on the device. Announcing the new Hindi addition to Allo, Google also claims that the app will understand text alongside images in Hindi using machine learning algorithms.
Smart Reply will recognise the language a user is chatting in and begin to show suggested responses in that language. Once again, this setting can be tweaked via your device’s language settings.
Users can also get information from pharmacies to ATMs, banks, parking, gas stations and grocery stores, etc., and directions right within their conversation from the Google Assistant.
Announcing the new Hindi addition, Amit Fulay, Group Product Manager, Google said, “Since its launch, Google Allo has received tremendous response, especially in India, which has one of the highest number of Google Allo users. The Google Assistant, in particular, is one of the most loved features in Google Allo – one in every 12 messages in group chats are messages to the Google Assistant. We are enthused by this and today’s launch enables us to extend these features to the next millions of users in a language of their choice.“