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Google's Neighbourly looks to get you answers from local community members

Neighbourly is not the only hyperlocal app that Google launched in India, though the company did not say if the app will launch elsewhere.

Published onMay 31, 2018

  • Google launched a hyperlocal-focused app called Neighbourly.
  • As the name suggests, Neighbourly lets you ask and answer questions in your neighborhood.
  • The app is only available on Android for Mumbai residents for the time being.

What is likely Google’s millionth attempt at social apps, the search giant launched Neighbourly, designed to get you as many answers about your neighborhood from local residents as possible.

Currently available in beta, you can either type out your questions or use your voice. As you wait for answers, you can swipe through other questions and answers and give answers of your own either through text or with your voice. You can also share questions to get answers from those who do not use Neighbourly.

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Keep in mind that Neighbourly is only open to residents of Mumbai, though Google will presumably expand the app to other neighborhoods and cities. As a result, the app currently supports English and eight Indian languages.

Also, Neighbourly is only available on Android. Google did not say whether it will launch the app on iOS, though that might wait until the app launches in other locations.

Finally, personal details like your phone number, full name, and other contact information are kept private. Other people can see your profile picture and first name, however.

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If any of this rings a bell, that is because Nextdoor offers similar functionality. Seeing the presence that the service already has in the U.S., the Netherlands, and France, it makes sense for Google to soft-launch Neighbourly in India rather than in the U.S.

Then again, Google’s focus on India is well documented. In 2017 alone, Google launched two services in the country: Areo and Tez. Whereas Areo aggregates home maintenance, beauty, and food delivery services, Tez uses India’s UPI platform for instant bank transfers.

If you live in Mumbai and have an Android device, you can download the Neighbourly app at the link below.

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