After wooing English speaking customers in the country, Amazon Alexa is now ready to converse in Hindi and Hinglish in various contexts as well as varied dialects and accents.
Seattle-based Amazon launched its Alexa voice assistant in India way back in 2017. Up until now, the digital assistant only supported commands in English. With the newly added functionality, users can ask Alexa their questions both in Hindi and English to get response in the same language. So Alexa now pretty well understands commands such as “cricket score batao”, or “Alexa, aaj mausam kaisa hai”.
At the moment, the feature only supports one voice type for Hindi as compared to multiple voice types for English. However, Amazon soon plans to add support for multilingual households.
Users in India can now interact with Alexa in Hindi on all Amazon Echo smart speakers. These include the Amazon Echo Dot, Echo Show 5, Echo, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, and Amazon Echo Input. All they are required to do is to change their device language to Hindi via language options (inside device settings on Alexa app).
Indian users can also avail this feature on a range of smart speakers by Bose. To support Alexa’s new feature, Motorola, MyBox, Boat, Portronics, Fingers, Sony, iBall, and Dish will soon launch and update their existing Alexa-built in devices.
Alexa currently knows 500 skills in Hindi which would be ramped up soon.