At a press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday, Amazon has officially announced that Alexa now also supports Hindi, a widely spoken language in India which is the second most populated country in the world. Approximately, 125 Million people of 1.37 Billion people can speak English which contributes 10% of the Indian population. Alexa in Hindi comes as a boon to those who can use internet but can’t actually speak English fluently in the aspect of to converse with Alexa, as its a linguistically diverse country. It certainly is a preeminence!
Earlier in June this year, the vice president and head scientist for Alexa, Rohit Prasad, announced the company is in the early stages of infusing regional language capabilities for the Indian market at Amazon’s global AI event re:MARS. However, the release dates were yet to be announced then. He had expressed in the event that introducing Alexa in Hindi is a challenge which is just not only language dependent but also culture dependent.
Amazon introduced its voice assistant Alexa in India in 2017, which has supported English as well as Hinglish (hybrid of Hindi and English) but Amazon wanted to bring full fledged Hindi support to the voice assistant and was in the works for more than a year, company executives said .
Alexa in Hindi is available throughout its smart speakers Echo Dot, Echo Plus and more including other manufacturers like Sony iBall, LG and Bose beginning today.
Already existing Echo owners in India can change the language to Hindi from inside the device settings. To get started with Hindi, simply ask, “Alexa, help me set up Hindi.”
Alexa as of present speaks 7 languages. English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish among which Hindi is the language recently added.
Modern AI voice assistant developers are keeping their nose to grindstone to surpass the boundaries set in offering the best of all. Google Assistant expanded its offerings earlier this year and currently understands the most languages out of any voice assistant: 30 languages in 80 countries. Apple’s Siri is next in line with 21 languages in 36 countries.
However, Amazon claims to keep making Alexa smarter.