Google Home gets a more Desi touch
The Google Assistant will now understand Hindi on Google Home smart speakers
After receiving an overwhelming response from India, Google today announced Hindi language update on Google Assistant for Google Home smart speakers. Starting today, Google Home will also be able to respond in Hindi with uniquely Indian contexts, making it truly ‘desi’.
The Google Assistant was already available in Hindi on smartphones, and now it is also available on Google Home. To converse with Google Home in Hindi, users need to set up their Google Assistant to recognise the language. They simply need to open the ‘Google Home App’ on their smartphone, tap the ‘Account’ icon at the lower-right corner, then select ‘Settings’. Upon navigating to the ‘Assistant’ tab, they then select ‘Add a language’ and set ‘हिंदी (भारत)’as the first language in the list. Users can then just say “Ok Google” to start a conversation with their Assistant on Google Home and ask a question in Hindi.
Here is a list of stuff Hindi Assistant on Google Home can help with
- Getting Quick answers: Tap into the power of Google to get quick answers with things like planning and mapping your commute, finding the latest weather, traffic or finance information. Try questions like “दादरतक पहुँचने में कितना समय लगेगा?” or “माउंट एवरेस्ट कितनी ऊंची है?”.
- Music services: Pull up your favourite tunes from music services like Google Play Music and Gaana, and listen to the latest news bulletins from popular Indian news sources such as The Times of India, NDTV, Dainik Bhaskar, India Today, Aaj Tak and more. All it takes is a question like “बॉलीवुड के गाने चलाओ”, or“आज की खबर बताओ”.
- Control and Connect your home: Use Google Home to control and connect your home by voice, to speakers, TVs and other smart devices. For instance, you can control your lights with a simple “लाइट ऑनकरो” as well as switches from popular home automation systems including Philips Hue and TP-Link, with more integrations coming soon. Can’t remember if you switched off the kitchen light before going to bed? You only need to ask, “क्या मेरी बैडरूम के लाइट्स ऑन है?”
- Shopping: The next time you’ve got your hands full in the kitchen, get help with tasks like adding items to a shopping list. You can also get step-by-step instructions on whipping up your family’s favourite dish by saying “Hey Google, मुझे चॉकलेट केक की रेसिपी बताओ”.
- Daily Information: With your permission, you can enable access to what matters to you — so by just asking you can get daily information that is tailored to you. All it takes is a “Hey Google, मेरा आज का दिन कैसा है?”and you’ll get a quick recap on things like the weather, your calendar appointments, and news briefing from a source of your choice.
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