Google Assistant has become more accessible in India and can be used even by those who do not have access to a smartphone or the internet. That’s because the service is also available through free phone calls.
The line created by Google works 24 hours a day and is available to users of the operators Vodafone and Idea in India. With the service, available in English and Hindi, they will have access to the same information displayed to those who use Google Assistant in a conventional way.
You can call to ask questions about subjects such as the scoreboard, the traffic situation and the weather forecast. According to Google, the goal is to reach hundreds of millions of users in the country who do not have a smartphone.
One of the most important markets in the world, India has a population of more than 1.3 billion people. However, only 460 million have access to the internet, according to Google data. The Google Assistant line will bring quick information to a larger portion of the country.
It is worth remembering that, in addition to smartphones, notebooks and speakers, Google Assistant also started to be offered in the system used by basic Nokia mobile phones. Popular in India, KaiOS offers apps like Maps, YouTube and Google Search.
Investments focused on India do not happen for nothing. Second most populous in the world, behind only China, where Google does not operate, the country guarantees a good part of the company’s user base. Hindi, the official language, is the second most used in Google Assistant, for example.