Tuesday November 19, 2019

Hike messenger adds Marathi, Gujarati, 6 other Indian languages


New Delhi: Now users of Hike messenger will be able to access the country’s second largest messaging app in native Indian languages like Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, Bengali, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu after it announced a new update in this regard. The updated app with the support of these regional Indian languages has become available from December 23 and is live for Android phones.

Here are the new features:

  1. Multi-lingual interface: The users now will be able to select the language of the app as soon as they open it for the first time.

2. Multi-lingual keyboard: Another feature includes support to 9 languages by the app keyboard. The glide functionality that allows to swap between different keyboards and predictive text technology make it easy for the users to text in their own languages.

3. Native stickers: Those who like to express themselves in social platforms will appreciate Hike’s decision providing support for stickers in native languages, giving the user a new look.

“Today, we’re excited to launch hike in 8 local languages. For the first time ever millions of Indians will be able to seamlessly chat in their local languages only on hike,” Kavin Mittal, CEO and Founder, Hike Messenger, reportedly said.

With 70 million active users currently, Hike recently announced hike direct feature allowing users to share and chat with the internet.

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Google Assistant Gets More Optimised for Indian Languages: Report

Google also introduced a refreshed design for Google Search in India that will highlight queries in local languages

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A man walks past a Google sign outside with a span of the Bay Bridge at rear in San Francisco, May 1, 2019. VOA

US based search giant Google on Thursday announced a major update for Assistant users in India where one can now make Assistant talk in Hindi by just asking “Ok Google, Hindi bolo or “Talk to me in Hindi.

Besides Hindi and English, users will also be able to find content in Marathi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati and Malayalam.

The new update comes to the Google Assistant a day after Amazon announced that Alexa will support Hindi and Hinglish conversations.

“For many Indians, voice is increasingly becoming their preferred way to search, and today Hindi has become the second-most used Assistant language globally — after English,” Manuel Bronstein, Vice President, Product Management, Google said in a statement.

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Google Assistant. (IANS)

The feature will be accessible on all Android, Android Go and KaiOs devices.

Google also introduced a refreshed design for Google Search in India that will highlight queries in local languages.

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The search giant also announced that interpreter mode will be coming soon to the Assistant on Android and Android Go phones in the coming months, which will help translate from one language to another, helping unlock more relevant information and content for even more users across India. (IANS)