Google Assistant has officially received support for Hindi for devices with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above. The feature will soon make its way to Android 5.0 Lollipop, Android Oreo (Go Edition) and iPhones running iOS 9.1 and above. The first signs of Google Assistant supporting Hindi were noticed late in January when the virtual assistant started giving results to few Hindi queries.
To access Google Assistant in Hindi, you need to set your device language to Hindi and then tap and hold the Home button. You can also say ‘OK Google’ to activate the assistant. Unfortunately changing the assistant’s language will also change the entire phone’s language to Hindi. It has always been the case with other languages as well. Neither Apple nor Microsoft has these restrictions for their virtual assistants. The support for Hindi on Google Assistant is being rolled out by a server-side update, which means that it might take some time before it reaches your device.
A dedicated site has been set up to educate users on what Hindi commands the assistant currently supports. With the inclusion of Hindi, Google has made it hard for Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri as they do not support Hindi. It also allows non-English speaking users to get used to the assistant and paves a way for people to be interested in other Google products such as Google Home.
As the Google Assistant uses machine learning algorithms, it gets smarter after prolonged use. It learns your likes and dislikes and other user preferences, allowing it to provide more personalized results.