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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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Earlier this week, Google said it is going to close Google+ in the coming months, seven years after it was launched as a social networking site of its own name brand

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Google is shutting down on April 2 its email app “Inbox” that gave users options like advanced filtering, message snoozing and more visual organisation.

The search engine giant first hinted at bringing the app to an end last year, but it was not until recently that the users started seeing a more specific shutdown date, GSMArena.com reported on Tuesday.

“‘Inbox’ is shutting down. We are saying goodbye to ‘Inbox’ at the end of March 2019. While we were here, we found a new way to email with ideas like snooze, nudges, smart reply and more. That’s why we have brought your favourite features to Gmail to help you get more done,” reads the desktop message that pops up while logging into “Inbox”.

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However, an iOS-only email client named “Spark” will be launched for Android right around the time Google retires “Inbox”.

“This, according to the tweets it has been replying to Inbox users on Twitter. Perhaps ‘Spark’ will be able to fill a void that will be left by ‘Inbox’,” the report said.

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Earlier this week, Google said it is going to close Google+ in the coming months, seven years after it was launched as a social networking site of its own name brand. (IANS)