Google has launched a new program that allows users without an Internet connection to use its digital assistant (Google Assistant), in an effort to provide the service to the largest possible number of users around the world.
With the availability of Google’s digital assistant a few years ago for smartphones, tablets and smart speakers, earlier this year, the company signed a partnership with the KaiOS operating system to bring (Google Assistant) to traditional phones. Now the company has started a new step to provide service to every user, even if they don’t have an internet connection.
Google will start the program from India. At a special event held by the company in the capital New Delhi, Google announced a 24-hour telephone line that anyone in India subscribed to Vodafone can call this number to be answered by Google’s digital assistant.
Google said : It tested the telephone line with thousands of users in the cities of Lucknow, Kanpur before putting it to the public. Contacting Google Digital Assistant will be free.
Technology companies in India, with a population of more than 1.4 billion people, see an opportunity to attract more users, especially as more than half of the country’s population does not have Internet access, including Amazon’s announcement on Wednesday of adding Indian languages to languages understood by her digital assistant Alexa, Google had preceded Amazon in supporting the Hindi language.
Google also unveiled a new feature in its digital assistant (translation mode) that provides users with a mechanism for simultaneous translation between different languages. The start will be in Hindi and English and will be launched in the coming months.
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