New Delhi | Jagran Technology Desk: Google on Thursday announced a big update for its users in India which will allow them to talk with Google Assistant in local languages.

According to the update, the users would now need to say just ‘Okay Google, Hindi Mein bolo’ or ‘Talk to me in Hindi’. Users can also give the same command for more Indian languages such as Gujarat, Telugu, Urdu, Bengali and Kannada.

Praising the feature, Union Minister of Communications and Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that Google has become “a folklore platform integral to the digital narrative of the world.”

“Digital India was designed to ensure digital inclusion. Today I wish to compliment Google for launching so many new products contributing to this goal with due regard to safety and security,” he said.

“I don’t have a slightest doubt that Google has a crucial of helping India achieve its goal of a trillion dollar economy,” Prasad added.

Google believes that the new feature will help it reach more Indian users, and particularly the Indian users who might be comfortable with using English as their device language but like to hold conversations in the local language.

Google also announced that users can now watch the news in Hindi on Assistant and for this, they would need to ask Assistant ‘Ok Google, Hindi news’.

“Indian users can now simply ask to change their Assistant language. Starting today, you can talk to your Assistant in the nine Indian languages for example, for talking in Hindi -you can simply say 'Hey Google, talk to me in Hindi' to start using the Assistant in the language, without needing to dig around in settings. We're rolling this feature out on all Android, Android Go and KaiOs devices,” said a Google Spokesperson.

“For many Indians, voice is increasingly becoming their preferred way to search, and today Hindi has become the second-most used Assistant language globally -- after English,” the spokesperson added.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma