Google’s virtual assistant Google Assistant has now officially received Hindi support and is rolling out for all devices running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above; and will be soon available on Android 5.0 Lollipop, iPhones (iOS 9.1 and above) and Android Oreo (Go edition) devices.
From biryani recipes to live cricket score, Google Assistant goes all desi with support for Hindi language commands – which means, it will be able to take commands and respond in Hindi. The announcement of launch of Hindi-supportive Google Assistant – along with support for 15 other international languages, was made today (March 15). The Hindi-supportive feature is already rolling out for devices running on Android 6.0 or later and support for Android 5.0 Lollipop, Android Oreo Go and iOS 9.1 and above is on the way. The introduction to Hindi language shows Google’s constantly growing India-centric offerings in the country with the introduction of new features that have been especially designed for Indians and the addition of more local languages to reach a wider audience.
Google Assistant now talks in Hindi – it can respond to you in Hindi, do actions asked by Hindi voice commands, and can talk to you casually in the Hindi language. To access Google Assistant in Hindi, you will need to have the latest Google Search app updated on your phone. After installing latest update, set your device language to Hindi and then touch and hold the Home button or say “OK Google” command. That’s all, you have Google Assistant all in Hindi. And since it is Google’s latest try to merge and mix-up with Indian culture and people, you can actually ask for desi questions including recipes of Indian dishes like biryani or something as simple as khichdi.
However, still in development phases of Hindi learning, so it was only limited to a few questions that could be asked in Hindi but were responded to in English. So to take care of which commands can Google Assistant take and respond in Hindi, Google has set up a dedicated website to highlight what Hindi commands you can use in the Google Assistant app. It is worth noting here that since Hindi support is rolling out for compatible devices through a server-side update, it may take some time to reach your device. Patience is the key.