In a bid to take its Allo app experience to millions in India, Google on Monday, as promised, has started rolling out Hindi Assistant to its Allo instant messaging app in India. To recall, Google at its Make for India event in September had promised that Allo will receive Hindi Assistant later this year.
To get started, just ask the Google Assistant, “Talk to me in Hindi.” You can also change the language settings if you’re more comfortable interacting with the Assistant by default in Hindi. Allo’s Smart Reply feature — which offers automated canned responses — is also available in Hindi. The feature suggests responses based on the language you’re typing in. So if you ask a query in Hindi, you’ll see a Smart Reply in that language.
Google says, more than half of the users people on Allo use Smart Reply everyday. The feature will recognize the language you are chatting in and begin to show suggested responses in that language.
Amit Fulay, Group Product Manager, Google said,
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.
India has been a key market for Google and it will certainly be a great move for Google’s messaging app, Google Allo as people prefer to converse in a language that is natural to them. As more and more non-English speakers get online, Google is focused on making their experience better, easier and more relevant.
Users may no longer need to leave a conversation with friends just to grab an address, or share a YouTube video or pick a dinner spot. Apart from answers, Google Assistant in Google Allo can also provide latest news, weather, traffic, sports, or upcoming flight status.
Users can also get information from pharmacies to ATMs, banks, parking, gas stations and grocery stores, etc., and directions right within their conversation from the Google Assistant.
This is not the first time that Google has launched something especially for the India market and this will certainly not be the last.