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Google Assistant adds Hindi language support for India (sort of)

Google Assistant is expanding its language support in one of Android's biggest markets—India.

Published onJanuary 30, 2018

  • Google Assistant voice commands can now understand the Hindi language, which is spoken largely in India.
  • However, the Android device settings must have English – India as the main language for this support to work.
  • Google Assistant then translates Hindi voice commands to English.

Google Assistant is expanding its language support in one of Android’s biggest markets—India. According to a few reports around the internet, Hindi language support is currently rolling out to supported Android devices in India, but there is a twist to it.

The added support was first reported by The Android Soul, but as Android Police points out, if you live in India and have your phone set to the Hindi language, it will not work with Google Assistant. Instead, those users have to set their device language to “English – India”, and then tap or hold on the smartphone’s home button to activate Google Assistant. Users can then speak in the Hindi language, and Google Assistant will then transcribe the words into English and show you your answer.

This is apparently some kind of quick way around for the company to add Google Assistant voice support for Hindi in India. It remains to be seen when or if the company will allow the same feature to work if the phone is set to the Hindi language. Still, it’s clear that Google wants all those Android users in India to have the benefits of its digital companion.

Android Police also notes that Russian is now a supported language for Actions on Google, which means developers who are adding Google Assistant support to their apps and services can now include commands in Russian. That likely means that full Russian Google Assistant support is coming in the very near future.

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