HINDI has emerged as the second-most used language globally on Google Assistant, the tech giant’s artificial intelligence powered assistant, behind just English, according to the tech giant. The company, which has been working on supporting Indic languages across its products like Search, Lens and others on its platform, said it will soon make Google Assistant available in Hindi on all Android TVs.
“Since introducing the Assistant in India nearly two years ago, we’ve introduced Hindi and 8 additional Indic languages...We’re thrilled to share that Hindi has become the second most used Assistant language globally after English across many types of devices in India...Coming soon, the Assistant will also be available in Hindi on all Android TVs,” Google Vice President, Product Management, Manuel Bronstein said.
He added that Indians have been using “the power of voice” to do a variety of things like finding information to help with homework, getting train schedules, among others.
Interestingly, last year, Google had said its voice-based assistant had received about 4.5 lakh proposals for marriage in India. While Google didn’t share the number of people using Assistant (which competes with Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa), it said the product is available in over 30 languages across 80 countries.
Google said starting today, users can talk to Assistant in Hindi by simply saying “Hey Google, talk to me in Hindi” across all Android, Android Go and KaiOS devices. Previously, users needed to activate Hindi language support from the settings option. Tech companies like Google and Amazon are betting on vernacular languages as reports suggest that 90 per cent of new internet users in India are native language speakers.