As promised, Google has now added Hindi support to the Google Assistant on its smart messaging app Allo. The Google Allo app was launched in September at Google’s Make for India event.
To start using the Allo assistant in Hindi, users will have to say “Talk to me in Hindi” to the assistant or change the language preference setting accordingly. Users can have a one-one-one chat with the Assistant in Allo, or just type @google to bring your Assistant into any group chat.
In addition to the Google Assistant, Hindi language support is also coming to Allo’s “Smart Reply” feature, which will make it easier for users to respond quickly. Google says, more than half of the users 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. Beyond text, the assistant on Google Allo will also understand images that contain Hindi text within them using machine learning algorithms.
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.
– Amit Fulay, Group Product Manager, Google.
To recall, Allo is a smart messaging app, which is powered by Machine Learning and comes with a built-in Google assistant. Last month, Google updated Allo with emoji suggestions and new chat themes.
The Hindi support for Google Assistant and Smart Reply will begin rolling out on Google Allo for Android and iOS users and will be available to all the users over the coming few days.