Amazon's Alexa Now Has Support For Hindi And Hinglish
Aadhya Khatri - Sep 20, 2019
Alexa has been operating in India for nearly two years, but it was not until recently that it started to have support for Hindi and Hinglish
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Alexa, Amazon’s AI voice assistant, has been operating in India for nearly two years but it was not until recently that it started to have support for the country’s most common language, Hindi. The company has added Hindi and even Hinglish to the voice assistant.
New users of Alexa in India can have Hindi as the default language. All they need to do is to say "Alexa, help me set up Hindi." If you have already had an Echo device, head to the Alexa app, access the language options, and switch to Hindi.
So now, Alexa can understand sentences like "cricket score batao," "Alexa, apne baare mei batao," or "Bollywood ke latest gane sunao."
For now, the developers are working on Hindi flavor. According to Amazon, Alexa now has 500 third-party skills from more than 30 brands.
Alexa is in a wide range of products such as Bose smart speakers, which got Hindi support update yesterday. Some other brands will have Amazon’s voice assistant, including Boat, Motorola, Fingers, iBall, Dish, MyBox, Sony, and Portronics. They will soon have Hindi support on their devices.
Adding the most-spoken language in India to Alexa is a good start, but the company has not shared anything on its plan for other languages in the country:
"With today's launch, you will notice that Alexa has become more local. Alexa will not only understand and respond in Hindi or Hinglish but, is also armed with a lot of knowledge about topics that interest users in the country ranging from local information to music, and from Bollywood to cricket," Puneesh Kumar, Country Manager for Alexa Experiences and Devices, Amazon India, said in a statement.