Continuing with its drive to make the experience more personal and relevant for non-English users, Google has today introduced Hindi language capabilities to the Google Allo app, specifically in Google Assistant and Smart Reply. The update will begin rolling out today on both Android and iOS devices.
For those who don’t know, Google Allo is a smart messaging app from Google which was released back in September this year. The app comes with a bunch of interesting features, the most interesting being the Google Assistant. Not confusing it with the one on Pixel devices, Google Assistant is a personal assistant that can get you any kind of information you want, can help you accomplish tasks, chat with friends, play games and do lots more – all in one chat window.
With today’s update, Google Assistant will now listen and respond in Hindi if needed. To do so, one can either adjust the language setting on his/her device or else one can just say “Talk to me in Hindi” and the Assistant will be up with your native language.
Not only this, the new update has also been added to ‘Smart Reply’, a feature which pops up the possible replies to a text sent by your friend on the app. Google claims that more than half of people on Allo use Smart Reply every day. Based on the language you are chatting in, Smart Reply will automatically detect the language and suggest replies accordingly.
So, now you can respond to your friend’s question “kya haal hai” with “Sab theek Ha” with a single tap.
We believe this is a significant signal and confirms the efforts being made to effectively make the digital experience fruitful for the next 100 million users in non-English languages who will join up in the next 12 months or so.