India is an important market for Google, and the company has made that quite clear by now. And in the same effort, Google launched Hindi Google Assistant on Allo messenger. The Google Assistant can also understand commands in Hindi, transcribe the command to English, and reply to you in proper Hindi. And while there were reports of Hindi support coming to Google Assistant, Google has clarified the air around it.
Update: In a statement to BGR India, Google spokesperson said, “The Google Assistant on Android phones and iPhones is currently available in English in India, built for English input but supporting a few selected Hindi queries. While we’ve launched the Hindi Google Assistant on Allo, it’s not available on phones yet. We are looking to bring the Assistant experience to more Indian languages over time.”
From what we observed with the new feature, while it successfully completes the first command in Hindi, it is not so good at the follow-up questions in Hindi. Perhaps, that’s coming in a future update. You will be able to activate Assistant by tapping, and holding on the Home button on any Android 5.0 and above phone.
The feature can be enabled by setting “English (India)” as the primary language on your Android phone. Interestingly, if you select “Hindi” instead, Google Assistant says it’s not compatible yet.
Additionally, as reported by Android Police, Actions on Google, the developer side of Assistant that lets devs add support for their services and apps, now lists ru-RU as a supported language. That means if you’re making an AoG app or integration for Assistant, you can now set it to work in Russian as well as all the other previous available languages.