Google on Thursday rolled out support for Hindi on its virtual assistant platform, Google Assistant. The new support is only available for devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above, and will later join Android 5.0 Lollipop, iPhones (iOS 9.1 and above) and the lighter version of Android Oreo (Go edition).
The addition of Hindi language was on the cards since January when the Assistant started showing results for Hindi queries as well. Now, the support is fully available on the platform along with 15 other international languages.
Google Assistant in Hindi
The development in Google Assistant has helped Google to build a lead over other voice assistants out there – Bixby, Siri and Alexa, who are yet to add Hindi support. Users can access the new support to send text messages, set reminders, or get directions directly through Google Assistant in Hindi commands.
For instance, you can instruct Google Assistant “Kal subah mujhe saat baje jagaao” to set an alarm for 7 AM. You can also similarly ask “Cricket ka score kya hain?” to get cricket score updates.
How to Access Google Assistant in Hindi:
The process is simple, set your device language to Hindi and update the Google Search App to the latest version. Once that is done, touch and hold the Home button or say ‘Ok Google’ to command your Google Assistant in Hindi.
“The Google Assistant is truly Indian, it’s your helpful dost that speaks our language and understands the things you care about, from finding biryani recipes to pulling up the latest cricket score or finding directions to the nearest ATM. In order to make it even more useful to Indians over time, developers and businesses can now build Actions for the Hindi Assistant through the developer platform Actions on Google. Once an action is built, you can just say ‘Ok Google, talk to’ and access the service or content straight through your Google Assistant,” said Purvi Shah, Technical Program Manager, Assistant, in a press statement.