Back in May this year, Google introduced the ‘Neighbourly’ app in India. The hyperlocal service aims to connect people, and share their collective knowledge. The app was initially restricted to Mumbai and Jaipur, but is today being rolled out in five more cities.
The Neighbourly app is today being rolled out Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Mysore, Vizag, and Kota. Google says that these five cities have been selected after extensive user testing was done in the past several months. In a press note Google states, “The dynamics of these cities attracted Google’s Next Billion Users team, and they conducted a series of studies and spoke to locals in neighborhoods.”
“We’re seeing people in different age groups in Mumbai and Jaipur use the app in interesting ways to find answers to everyday questions in their neighborhood,” Josh Woodward, Group Product Manager on Google’s Next Billion Users team, said.
“With Neighbourly, we are able to address the local information needs of India’s fast-growing internet users in their neighborhood. We’re excited about the adoption and early engagement and are looking forward to providing a useful experience to people in five new cities across India,” Woodward added.
Google has updated the Neighbourly app with a few new features. Google has improved the voice input experience on the app with better controls, and the ability to respond to questions in one’s spoken language. For easier and faster conversation, the app also gets support for inline reply. The app also gets the ability to group similar answers to a user’s query.
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The latest beta version of Neighbourly is available on the Google Play Store for users in the aforementioned cities. To use the app, one will need to have an Android smartphone running Jelly Bean OS and above.