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Google Home gains support for Hindi while Home Hub supports Duo calls

Google had promised to enable Hindi language support for Google Home at the time of its launch in April.

  • Published: October 23, 2018 2:52 PM IST
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Google Home, the smart wireless speaker powered by Google Assistant, has gained support for Hindi. The support comes month after Google enabled Hindi language support on the Google Assistant. Google had revealed its plan to bring Hindi support to Google Home smart speakers at the time of its launch in April and is delivering on that promise now.

In order to enable Hindi language support on Google Home speakers, the search giant is leveraging the bilingual functionality of Google Home and Google Assistant’s Hindi support. The support for new language was first spotted by Android Police and it can be enabled by opening the Home app on their smartphone and then tapping on the account tab from the bottom right corner. Inside Account Tab, users can look for Settings option and can head to Preferences > Assistant languages and select Hindi as the secondary language from the list of supported languages.

The addition of secondary language will enable your Google Home smart speaker to speak in Hindi in addition to its understanding and speaking in English. Google is up against Amazon and its Echo range of smart speakers and the addition of Hindi support will help it better compete with the Seattle-based e-commerce company.

Apart from enabling Hindi language support, Google has also revealed that it has enabled Duo calls on the Home Hub. Google Home Hub was launched early this month as company’s first smart speaker with a display alongside the third generation Pixel smartphones. This is an interesting feature since Duo is a video calling application designed by Google and the Home Hub lacks a camera sensor to support such a feature.

Google notes that Duo on Home Hub will not enable video calls but support for Duo calls reveals that recipients will be able to see your profile picture. The support page for Google Home Hub highlighting the feature states that the device used to make a call to any Home Hub “must have a camera in order for the video calling feature to work.”

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The Google Home Hub, launched early this month, is currently available for purchase in the US through Google Store. It is also available through major retailers including Walmart, Target and Best Buy and is priced at $149. The Home Hub features a 7-inch display and it runs a tweaked version of the software found on Google Chromecast. Other smart displays such as Lenovo, JBL and LG run Google’s Android Things platform.

  • Published Date: October 23, 2018 2:52 PM IST