Google Assistant now understands Hindi, but only in Allo

Back when Allo debuted, Google said that it would bring Hindi support to the messaging platform before the end of the year. The update is now being rolled out to the Android and iOS apps, allowing Google Assistant to understand and respond to queries in Hindi.

To get started, just ask the Google Assistant, "Talk to me in Hindi." You can also change the language settings if you're more comfortable interacting with the Assistant by default in Hindi. Allo's Smart Reply feature — which offers automated canned responses — is also available in Hindi. The feature suggests responses based on the language you're typing in. So if you ask a query in Hindi, you'll see a Smart Reply in that language.

Google says that the update will be available over the coming days (I don't see it yet). By making the Assistant understand Hindi, Google is opening up Allo to a wider audience, and with India being one of the top countries for Allo, it makes sense to offer localized language options. However, it remains to be seen if the app can take on WhatsApp successfully. The Facebook-owned service added several features since Allo made its debut, including video calls.

Google Assistant Pixel

Right now, native Hindi integration is only baked into the Assistant in Allo. When prompted with the same query on the Pixel, I got a message in Hindi stating that the language switching option is available only on Allo. Same goes for the Assistant on Google Home. I asked a query in Hindi, and all I got in return was: "Allo."

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is Android Central's Senior Editor of Asia. In his current role, he oversees the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, networking products, and AV gear. He has been testing phones for over a decade, and has extensive experience in mobile hardware and the global semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.