Google wants Assistant to be truly a virtual assistant for all. That is why it is rolling out the Hindi version of the virtual AI. Henceforth, Indian users can now give voice commands in Hindi that they used to do in English. This opens up the Assistant to a lot of Hindi-speaking people who do not speak English or don’t remember English command phrases.
Google had earlier rolled out a limited Hindi version at the end of January. It was only capable of specific voice commands and voice replies were not supported. The current rollout has a wide range of functions as well as voice replies.
The Hindi version can be activated by switching the device language to Hindi.
After that, users will have to update the Google app to the latest version from the Play Store. Thereafter, hail the assistant by simply saying, “Ok Google” or long pressing the Home button. There are lots of voice commands which include basic ones like saying, ‘Sabse kareeb Chinese restaurant kahaan hai?’ or ‘Bombay kitna door he?’. Information queries can also be done the same way we do in English.
The update supports Android version 6.0 and upwards. iOS is still not supported as is Android Go but that will be added soon.
“The Google Assistant is truly Indian, it’s your helpful dost that speaks our language and understands the things you care about, from finding biryani recipes to pulling up the latest cricket score or finding directions to the nearest ATM.,” said Purvi Shah, Technical Program Manager at Google.
“The Assistant is already available in eight languages, and by the end of the year, it will be available in more than 30 languages, reaching 95 percent of all eligible Android phones worldwide. In the next few months, we’ll bring the Assistant to Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish and Thai on Android phones and iPhones,” said a press release.