After Google Assistant partnered with KaiOS to bring Assistant to some feature phones with internet access, earlier this year, now Google wants to permanently bring the virtual assistant to people who have no internet access phones and its starting in India.
On this note, Google announced a 24×7 telephone line available for anyone in India on Vodafone and Idea telecom networks, for support.
At the New Delhi event, the company announced that the phone line service is a testing line before it becomes available for good.
Calling 000-800-9191-000 is a service free of charge and they won’t be charged for the call or the service, as the campaign’s goal is to reach hundreds of millions of Indian users with no access to smartphones or internet.
Google Assistant also offers users the possibility to say their commands in a different language than their preferred device language.
According to Google, “Many users often prefer to set the phone language to English, while choosing to speak to their device in their local language. That’s where language decoupling comes in — Indian users can now simply ask to change their Assistant language.”
“Starting today, you can talk to your Assistant in the nine Indian languages for example, for talking in Hindi –you can simply say ‘Hey Google, talk to me in Hindi’ to start using the Assistant in the language, without needing to dig around in settings.”