The much-awaited Amazon Alexa functionality that makes the popular personal digital assistant (PDA) understand and speak both Hindi and English (even Hinglish) is now live. This means that users would be able to talk to the PD in both the languages without having to resort to tweaking the language settings each time the language is to be changed. The language settings could now be enabled just once, with this new functionality added.
As far as content is concerned, this would be varied – viz Panchatantra stories, dialogues of Bollywood, jokes, music, and more. However, a major USP of the PDA is its ability to control homes in case these are smart. This includes the likes of Alexa being used to dim the lights at home. Alexa having gone bilingual, should bring cheers to Amazon users preferring content in Indian languages – more than in English. To have this new multilingual mode up and running, a software update is required to bring Alexa closer to speaking Hindi and English almost flawlessly. In fact, seeking Alexa’s help to have her multi-lingual mode set up is another good idea to implement.
If you think that your Alexa is ready to go bilingual, do try asking her the current temperature, the traffic conditions, or even the weather outside. These need to be in both English and Hindi – on a random basis. Finally, it should definitely do Amazon a world of good in case Alexa is made proficient with all classical languages of India. In related news, the Amazon Great Indian Festival Sale is slated to begin from 13 October. As usual, there would be huge “theoretical” discount on various devices/gadgets such as smartphones and laptops. But how much of these are practical, is worth pondering over at this juncture.