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Retail Giant Walmart Adding Voice-shopping Feature on Google Assistant

In July 2018, Walmart teamed up with software major Microsoft in a five-year strategic partnership to make use of its cloud services to compete with Amazon in the digital space

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Competing with the likes of Alexa-powered Amazon, retail giant Walmart is now adding a voice-controlled shopping feature called “Walmart Voice Order” on Google Assistant.

To use the feature, users are required to add and link their existing Walmart accounts to Google Assistant which will enable them to shop using voice commands, just like Amazon offers with Alexa, The Verge reported on Tuesday.

While users would use Google’s voice service to add things to their carts and place orders, Walmart would actually handle processing and delivering the order.

A Walmart store.

According to Walmart’s announcement of the new Assistant integration, the roll-out of the service would take a few weeks.

The integration seems interesting because, earlier in January, Walmart opted out of Google’s Express shopping service, presumably to focus more on its own retail efforts instead of funnelling them through the search-engine giant.

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In July 2018, Walmart teamed up with software major Microsoft in a five-year strategic partnership to make use of its cloud services to compete with Amazon in the digital space. (IANS)

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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)