Google has made its AI-based messaging app, Allo, more accessible for Indian users by extending support for Hindi in the app. Essentially, Google is introducing Hindi language capabilities to the Assistant and Smart Reply features in Google Allo. Starting today, these new features will begin rolling out for Android and iOS, and will be available to all users over the coming few days. Also Read - New avatar of Google Chrome’s offline dinosaur game: How you can playAlso Read - Best camera phones under Rs 35000 to buy in July 2021: Pixel 4a, Mi 11X, and more
To start using the Assistant in Hindi, just type ‘Talk to me in Hindi’ or adjust the language setting on your device. Therefore, with the new update, if you start chatting in Hindi, the ‘Smart Reply’ will show suggestions in that particular language. Since it s 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. Amit Fulay, Group Product Manager of Google said.
Unveiled at I/O 2016 earlier this year, Google Allo is a smart messaging app with AI integration, and features like WhisperShout, Ink, end-to-end encryption, and incognito mode among others. While chatting, the AI monitors the topic of conversation and suggests replies that can be sent with just a tap. Google claims that the app s image recognition system is 90 percent accurate. ALSO READ: Google Allo first impressions: It is all about the smarts
Over the past year and a half, Google has witnessed 10 times growth in local language queries in India, with Hindi content consumption five times faster than English content. And it makes perfect sense for the company to bring Hindi Language support to its advanced AI-based assistant.
Talking about other India specific rollouts, a couple of months ago, Google introduced handwriting input tool and Hindi language support to Google Translate, and more recently updated the app to add more support to the language. Targeting the huge Indian population, Google also extended this support for the language to its Search, Chrome and has also added Hindi UI to Android Jelly Bean. Google also added this input tool to Chrome as an extension, to allow a user to add Hindi script to any site. ALSO READ: Google Allo will now predict the emojis you want to use
In addition to the language support, Google has made many other feature additions for India. To improve Google Play experience on slower 2G connections, Google also introduced two new experimental features. Firstly, when connected to Wi-Fi, Google Play Store pre-loads popular parts of the store in cache to make browsing faster when on slower 2G connections. Google also added Wait for Wi-Fi option that allows users to install apps only when the smartphone is connected to Wi-Fi.
Last year Google announced its partnership with RailTel and Indian Railways to offer Wi-Fi hotspot at 400 stations across India. Currently, over 50 stations are already equipped with high-quality Wi-Fi connecting 3.5 million users to internet every month. Today, Google has announced global expansion of free Wi-Fi service with Google Stations. For this, Google will partner large organizations and venues, fiber optics providers, network operators, infrastructure companies and system integrators. The internet giant is also working on making it easier for its partners to setup, maintain and monetize their Wi-Fi networks. ALSO READ: From YouTube Go to Google Assistant in Hindi, 6 things Google announced for India today