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Google ‘Home’ and ‘Home Mini’ in India will get Hindi support

The smart home speakers will be available for purchase online on Flipkart and at over 750 retail stores

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Taking on Amazon’s Alexa-powered smart speakers, Google on Tuesday brought its voice-activated speakers “Home” and “Home Mini” to India that can help people with their commute, play favourite songs and videos, plan daily schedule and lots more.

Powered by Google Assistant, “Home” and “Home Mini” are priced at Rs 9,999 and Rs 4,499, respectively, and will be intregrated with Hindi language support by the end of this year.

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Google Home is now available. VOA

“We will launch Hindi language support later this year so that users can choose the language they are comfortable with. Both the devices understand Indian accents and will respond with uniquely ‘desi’ contexts,” Rishi Chandra, Vice President of Product Management and General Manager of Home Products, Google, told reporters here.

The smart home speakers will be available for purchase online on Flipkart and at over 750 retail stores. “We have ben working with many local partners to customise Google Home for India. We will offer free six months of Google Play Music — a music and podcast streaming service — and special offers from commercial music streaming service Gaana,” Chandra added.

Google “Home Mini” is available in two colours — chalk and charcoal — while Google “Home” will be available initially in chalk only — with coral coming soon). Google “Home” or Google “Home Mini” on Flipkart will come with a free Jio-Fi router along with special offers on music subscriptions.

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“When buying a Google ‘Home’ at Reliance Digital or MyJio stores, you get a free JioFi router with 100GB of high-speed 4G data (worth Rs 2,499),” the company said in a statement.

Google ‘Home’ Speakers are available on Flipkart.

The top surface of the devices has LEDs that light up when Google “Home” recognises “OK Google”. Google “Home” has been designed with two microphones that utilise a technique called “neural beam forming” to enable accurate far-field voice recognition.

Google has simulated hundreds of thousands of noisy environments and applied Machine Learning (ML) to recognise patterns that allow it to filter and separate speech from noise. IANS

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Google Will Now Update You About Political Ad-Spend In India

Google will verify the identity of advertisers before their election ads run on its platforms, the company said in a statement. 

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Google will verify the identity of advertisers before their election ads run on its platforms, the company said in a statement.

 

As India gears up for the Lok Sabha elections, Google on Tuesday announced an updated election ads that will provide comprehensive information about who is purchasing these on Google platforms and how much money is being spent.

The updated election ads policy will require advertisers to provide a “pre-certificate” issued by the Election Commision of India (ECI) or anyone authorised by the ECI, for each ad they wish to run.

Affidavits of all the contesting 223 BJP candidates were analysed. Two hundred and eight (93 per cent) of the 223 candidates in fray from the BJP have declared assets worth over Rs 1 crore, the highest number among all the parties contesting.
Election Commission of India, IANS

Google said it will verify the identity of advertisers before their election ads run on its platforms.

The advertiser verification process will begin on February 14 and begin enforcing the policy from February 20.

The company would also introduce an India-specific “Political Advertising Transparency” report and searchable “Political Ads Library” in March.

“The ads that will be covered in the Political Advertising Transparency Report and Ads Library are ads for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 that feature a political party, political candidate or current member of the Lok Sabha, or any ads that are run by a political party, political candidate or current member of the Lok Sabha,” Chetan Krishnaswamy, Director-Public Policy, Google India, told IANS.

In 2019, over 850 million Indians are expected to cast their vote to elect the country’s next government.

“We’re thinking hard about elections and how we continue to support democratic processes in India and around the world,” Krishnaswamy said in a seperate statement.

For the elections, Google will make electoral information from the ECI and other authoritative sources easily discoverable on Search.

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Google to verify political ads in India ahead of 2019 polls

“We are bringing more transparency to election advertising online, and surfacing relevant information to help people better navigate the electoral process,” Krishnaswamy added.

Google became the second tech giant after Facebook in December announced fresh steps to increase ad transparency and defend against foreign interference ahead of the 2019 polls.

Now anyone who wants to run an ad in India related to politics will need to first confirm their identity and location, and give more details about who placed the ad, the social networking giant said.

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Facebook would also start to show a disclaimer on all political ads that provides more information about who’s placing the ad, and an online searchable Ad Library for anyone to access.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in November said it is taking “multi-variable” steps, including the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools, to curb the spread of misleading information on its platform ahead of general election. /9IANS0