Since the launch of Google Home and Google Home Mini smart speakers in April this year, Google has received an overwhelming response from the Indian consumers. Starting today, Indian users can now talk to their Assistant on Google Home in Hindi.
Powered by the Google Assistant, with a simple 'Ok Google' or 'Hey Google', you can get answers, play your favourite tunes, get a heads up on everyday tasks and even control smart devices.
To set up your Assistant on Google Home in Hindi, simply open the Google Home app on your phone, tap the Account icon at the lower right corner, then tap Settings. Navigate to the Assistant tab, then select Languages, tap ‘Add a language’ and set ‘हिंदी (भारत)’ as the first language in the list.
Just say 'Ok Google' to start a conversation with your Assistant on Google Home – to start, try asking 'आप क्या कर सक्ते हैं?' Note that you can only select one language at a time, be it English or Hindi. Both languages can’t be used together.
Consumers can get quick answers concerning things like planning and mapping your commute, weather updates, traffic or finance information and listening to tunes from music services like Google Play Music and Gaana. You can also ask for latest news bulletins from sources such as Times of India, NDTV, Dainik Bhaskar, India Today and Aaj Tak. All it takes is a question like 'बॉलीवुड के गाने चलाओ' or 'आज की खबर बताओ.
If you have other smart devices in your home like Philips Hue, you can use Google Home to control and connect your home through voice to speakers, TVs and other smart devices. For instance, you can control your lights with a simple 'लाइट ऑन करो'.
'Our team has been hard at work teaching the Assistant on Google Home to understand Hindi, and it will now respond to you with uniquely Indian contexts. The Assistant is already available in Hindi on your smartphone, and now you can also get hands-free help at home in Hindi to get things done in your world. This is just the beginning. Your Google Assistant on Google Home will continue to get better over time – we can’t wait for you to ask more of it,' said Google in a blog post.