Google Now has been one of the standout features of Android. While everyone was of the opinion that it was a mere gimmick when it was launched, Google Now has grown tremendously. From showing you the scores of your favorite sports team to helping you set reminders, Google Now has come a long way. One of the key advantages that Google Now has over the likes of Siri is that, Google updates Google Now without the need of a major OS overhaul. This was demonstrated once again as Google decided to vastly improve the ability of Google Now to understand the Indian accent.
Google Now has usually been a lot better than the likes of Siri when it comes to deciphering Indian English, but Google has collaborated with over 700 Indian volunteers to make sure that every utterance and various accents of Indians can be recognized by Google Now. The result is a smoother Voice Search experience as well as a more accurate dictated typing. You need to make sure you have the latest version of Google Search to make sure Google Now is able to understand your accent perfectly well. We can vouch that the search works so much better now and we do not have to put up a fake accent for Google to pick up what we are trying to say.
There is no surprise that Google also has an English (India) option when selecting your preferred language in the voice search options in Google Now. To make sure, you have it activated, go to Google Now on your smartphone, click on the Menu button and hit Settings. From there, go into Voice and on the top, you will see the option of Language. Select English (India) and you are good to go.
Sandeep Menon, Head of Marketing, Google India said about this update:
From asking Google where you can watch the latest movie to finding out cricket scores at the touch of a button, Google is there to help you get the answers you need. We’re delighted to showcase the improvements we’ve made to Search for Indian users today. These features demonstrate Google’s commitment to India and to continually improving Indian users’ search experience.
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