Google's 'Neighbourly' app now in 5 more Indian cities

With 'Neighbourly', we are able to address the local information needs of India's fast-growing internet users in their neighbourhood.

Published: 12th September 2018 03:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th September 2018 03:39 PM   |  A+A-

The beta version of 'Neighbourly' is available on the Google Play Store for all Android devices across these seven cities in India.

By IANS

SAN FRANCISCO: Google's "Neighbourly" app, which helps users with local information like nearby shopping arcades, parks, fitness, food and tuition centres is now rolling out to Indian cities such as Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Mysore, Vizag, and Kota.

The beta version of "Neighbourly" is available on the Google Play Store for all Android devices across these seven cities in India.

"With 'Neighbourly', we are able to address the local information needs of India's fast-growing internet users in their neighbourhood," Josh Woodward, Group Product Manager, Next Billion Users team, Google, said in a statement on Wednesday.

The latest version of the application includes enhanced voice input, thus, allowing people to ask and respond to questions in their own languages, quicker replies and "similar answers" feature -- that would detect and group similar answers.

"The app was first rolled out to Mumbai and Jaipur and 20 per cent of people tap to speak their question and each question, spoken or written, gets an average of four relevant, trusted answers," Google said.

The launch took place after the company's extensive user testing in the past several months, where Google's "Next Billion Users" team conducted a series of studies and spoke to locals in neighbourhoods.

"The response was encouraging -- especially among women, students and daily commuters -- and people appreciated using their local language to ask questions to their neighbours and sharing their own knowledge with others," the firm added.

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