In order to make information from the internet more accessible to emerging markets, Google launched Google Go, a light weight browser which is easier to use and consumes less data. The app is perfect for users who function on limited data plans or live in rural areas where internet speeds aren’t reliable. Now, to further bridge the gap, Google is introducing a new feature on Google Go, which can give out information on a website by reading its contents out loud.
According to Google, the new feature is powered by synthesis AI that can read out billions of websites in about 28 different languages. Google also claims that the app can do it smoothly and in a much natural sounding tone, so users would not have any difficulty understanding it. The feature will work on 2G speeds and is said to consume less cellular data as well.
Additionally, Google also believes that the new feature will enable people to learn and improve their vocabulary further, as it highlights every word while reading it. Not just that, the feature also helps in various multi-tasking scenarios, such as listening to articles when traveling, following recipes when cooking, or catching up on news when working. The built-in AI can also determine which parts of website are worth reading and which can be omitted in order to save time and data.
All said and done, the new feature is great as it enables millions of rural users to not just access internet content but also benefit from it. Google along with other tech giants is also understanding the importance of embracing rural languages in order to meet and embrace the needs of emerging markets. Moving forward, Google even plans to bring the feature to its other products, which quite possible will be the Google Home.
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In other news Google recenlty rolled out its Neighbourly app in five different cities in India including Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Mysore, Vizag, and Kota. The app allows users to ask queries about local issues and get answers and information instantly. Not just that, Google has also updated the app’s voice input experience with better controls, and the ability to respond to questions in one’s spoken language.