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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge now available in Blue Coral variant in India

In a press release, Samsung India has announced the launch of the Blue Coral color variant of its flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

Inspired by nature, the Blue Coral color shimmers as if it is illuminated from the inside of the phone’s glass surface. Samsung states that a contrasting gold tone hue is applied to the phone’s metallic frame for a stylish two-toned effect.

The Galaxy S7 edge has witnessed a tremendous response from Indian consumers. The new colour variant is one of the trendiest must-have colours of the year and will compliment personal styles and offers a touch of sophistication. Coupled with a premium design and impeccable functionality, the new variant will surely add to the phenomenal success of the Galaxy S7 edge in India.

– Manu Sharma, Vice President, Mobile Business, Samsung India Electronics

The new variant of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge comes loaded with 15GB free cloud storage allowing you to access your data across devices and easily restore the same while changing devices. The offer, however, is also available for existing Galaxy S7 edge users.

Priced at ₹50,900 ($755), the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Blue Coral will be available in India in 32 GB variant from December 15 across all offline and online stores as well as Samsung’s online store – Samsung Shop. Other color variants that are available include Black Onyx, Gold Platinum, White Pearl, Silver Titanium, and Pink Gold.

Samsung Gear S3 review

The newest version of the Gear series is a bit bigger, packs a little more punch, and brings a few more tools for the smartwatch enthusiast. Is there enough substance behind the style? We find out in this full review of the Samsung Gear S3.

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Before we begin, we will mention that while we are reviewing the Frontier edition, we were able to use the two different editions of it. A Wi-Fi only edition of the watch is available and is more or less the typical Gear experience, while the 4G-enabled edition through AT&T makes it easy use the watch without needing to have a phone nearby and connected.


Design

While it might not be easy for everyone to sport this large smartwatch, there is one simple reality for those who can – this is one sleek device. The Gear S3 Frontier brings grooves to the signature rotating bezel, giving it an added tactile quality that is subtle but noticeably felt. Seconds in increments of five line the area just below the rotating bezel – a small detail that adds to any analog watch face. Two buttons are on the right side, one to go backwards in the interface and the other to either go back to the watch face or open up the app list. To differentiate the Frontier and Classic editions, the Frontier’s buttons are more recessed to the body and are covered in a patterned leather.

In adding to the sporty nature of the Gear S3 Frontier, a silicone band comes standard. This helps with the watch’s water resistance, ensuring that no leather will get ruined if one’s wrist gets splashed. However, it is easy to replace the bands through the 22mm standard connectors. A myriad of bands are available from Samsung via partnerships with plenty of fashion companies, but this silicone complemented the style of the Gear S3 nicely.

Samsung Gear S3 review

The body case is a large 46mm, definitely bigger than either of the previous Gear S2 models. This size makes it tough to recommend for anyone with small wrists, regardless of one’s gender. Even my own wrists could barely contain the large frame of the watch. While it certainly doesn’t look obnoxious on my wrists, it took a little bit of time to get used to. This size adds room for plenty of features and protection – turning the watch body over reveals the heart rate sensor and designations for the 316L stainless steel material that makes it up. And finally, a MIL-STD 810G rating adds extra shock, heat, and cold resistance to the existing IP certification.

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What we really applaud the Gear S3 Frontier for, is its ability to work with plenty of different outfits. While it is most at home among a more formal ensemble, the sleek head-turning design makes it a centerpiece when wearing casual clothing. And to that end, it is hardly a loud device in terms of look – the black color blends in well with most paired clothing.

Samsung Gear S3 review

Which brings us to the marquee feature that returns from the Gear S2 – the rotating bezel. It takes just little tug or a little push in order to make it move, and every click from the bezel is as satisfying as the last. Full touchscreen capabilities are available still, but this physical method of moving around the Tizen interface is fluid, responsive, and as snappy as it should be. Movements far in the interface or just to the next element are equally easy, making this an ideal smartwatch for anyone that wants a tactile experience to, in many ways, replace touchscreen experiences.

Display

Samsung Gear S3 review

And the display is half the story regarding the size of the Gear S3 – at 1.3 inches, the OLED display is covered in Gorilla Glass SR+ (Scratch Resistance Plus) and boasts 360 x 360 resolution. Though these specs might sound a bit run of the mill for most high-end smartwatches, credit goes to Samsung for leveraging it as effectively as possible. OLED lends to really great colors coming from the Tizen OS along with the ability to truly turn off the display’s lighting for battery savings.

And to that end, watch faces on the Gear S3 take on a different nature when the ‘Always on Display’ option is ticked. When using pretty much any watch face downloaded from the Samsung Gear application, covering the display with one’s hand or letting it time out reveals a more toned down version of the face that still keeps the essential elements in view no matter what angle you’re looking at the watch from. For any fans of the Always on Display on the Galaxy smartphones, this is about the closest that it can get strapped onto a wrist.

Samsung Gear S3 review

In all situations – even in broad daylight – the brightness of this OLED panel keeps everything properly viewable. And it is important to have an easy time glancing at the screen because the Tizen operating system tries to pack in as much as it can in the main screen. Some watch faces have hidden functionality when tapped upon. For example, the default face doubles up as a stopwatch. Even when features like these are running, small elements are strewn about the watch face to alert the user to changing circumstances like standing notifications or when the watch is not connected to a smartphone.

Make no mistake – this is the best way to read notifications on a smartwatch. Ever. The combination of the high quality screen and the rotating bezel to scroll down in even long notifications is an experience that is unparalleled by the touchscreen-centric Android Wear and the button pressing Pebble. Even when pictures load up in the preview, they’re shown in effective fashion and simply add to the idea that this watch is supposed to be more standalone than perpetually tethered to your smartphone.

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Performance

Samsung Gear S3 review

So, for a watch that wants to do as much as possible, there has to be quite a bit of power under the hood. For the Gear S3, this comes in the form of an Exynos 7270, born and optimized by Samsung and for Samsung, in the case of their own smartwatch operating system Tizen. It comes at no surprise, then, that the watch simply flies through its operating system and applications. A quick spin of the rotating bezel shows how fluidly all of the widgets and screens zip past with no issues at all.

The only problems we had with applications came from third party developed downloads from the Gear Manager. This is not so much the problem of the watch and its processing power, but from the development of the apps. While this is an issue that bears mentioning, the core experience of the Gear S3 is still about as good as it can get – and that says a lot, because this watch tries to do a lot out of the box.

Hardware

Samsung Gear S3 review

As mentioned earlier, we have been able to use a 4G LTE enabled version of the Gear S3 that comes with a few extras. Namely, the ability to sync up the watch without needing to be around the smartphone it pairs with. Setting up the Gear Manager properly means that as long as both the smartphone and smartwatch are connected to some sort of network, notifications will come to the Gear S3, no matter where the user is.

The added benefit is the ability to make calls and send texts in this very situation, without the smartphone around. On AT&T, this service is called NumberSync and it makes it so that the watch goes off alongside its paired phone. Calls on the watch make use of a speaker and microphone combo that is found on the left side of the body, tucked under the top half of the watch. The experience of taking calls on the S3 is akin to a small walkie talkie that is strapped to your wrist, but it isn’t effective in even semi-loud environments and thus requires either a Bluetooth headset connection or, surprise surprise, moving to the phone. It’s a great idea made into reality, it’s just not as awesome as we probably all expected it to be.

Samsung Gear S3 review

Not the mention that having this extra functionality in the Frontier LTE means paying for a smartwatch plan that encompasses data and wireless signal, which costs $10 on top of any smartphone plan you are already paying for. Is it worth that extra money each month? That’s up to you, but we think that there is already so much fun to be had on the Gear S3 without having to shout at your wrist.

Connecting a Bluetooth headset to the watch opens up a couple of possibilities. Not only will calls be easier to manage, but the on-board storage can be used for local music playback. The LTE-enabled Frontier allows for Spotify streaming, which is nice but is a battery drain. 4GB of storage is available for local files so that content is always within reach.

Samsung Gear S3 review

One final feature on the Gear S3 is Samsung Pay, enabled on the Gear S3 through an add-on that is installed in the Gear Manager. The setup takes a little bit of time, but after getting any credit cards put into the add-on and then transferred over to the NFC and MST enabled Gear S3, payments are quite easy at multiple stations across major stores. Simply hold the back button, select which card to use, and then bring the watch up to the station and voila. This is yet another fun aspect to using the Gear S3, and even this skeptic that prefers physical credit cards gets a kick out of it.

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The battery of the Gear S3 is charged via a wireless charging dock that is magnetic, making the watch snap right into place easily. Though Samsung claims two days of battery life out of the 380mAh unit, that is less true when usage is constant and aggressive. This is mostly true for the Frontier LTE, in which everything from taking calls, sending texts, and even fitness tracking combined will make the watch seem more like a one day warrior. When using more applications and functions on the regular, be prepared to take the watch off and dock it at least once a day to top off the battery.

Software

Samsung Gear S3 review

And lastly, Tizen – the smartwatch OS of choice for Samsung. Since the Gear S2, there have been some enhancements made to the operating system, and existing Gear S2 users will get this through an update. These are mostly in terms of using the rotating bezel, which can be rotated to answer or decline calls, for example.

The main noticeable changes are in the overall optimization of the Tizen software, and it shows in the smooth look and feel that the Gear S3 provides. Which is good, because there are a lot of apps that require some due diligence. Weather, calendar events, reminders, Flipboard, S Health, and so much more are available to the user, and it can get a little overwhelming. Add upon all that the different ways that users can respond to messages – voice, emoji, canned messages, and a T9 keyboard that is a bit easier to use on the larger screen but is still far from ideal.

Samsung Gear S3 review

S Health returns in Tizen as the main method of fitness tracking. Much like in the Gear S2, S Health will count steps and periodically take heart rate metrics to get a snapshot of the day’s fitness. While its step count default of 6000 is still rather absurd to us, there are a few more tools here to use when going out in the wild. GPS tracking is available when doing distanced based workouts, though it has to be enabled via the specifically selected activity, like hiking. And speaking of hiking, there are barometers and altimeters to get a better handle on one’s environment. Hikers, in particular, will probably find altitude information useful. Other functions in S Health help users track water and caffeine intake along with sleep, but these are rather simplistic in their execution.

The app ecosystem of Tizen has grown a lot since the Gear S2, and some apps that I envied Android Wear and Pebble for during my usage of Samsung’s OS have finally arrived. That said, there are issues with some third party application development, as we mentioned earlier. Sleep as Android, my sleep tracker of choice, is still a little buggy and didn’t give full reports a couple of nights. And S Voice is just not as good as Google’s voice assistance.

Samsung Gear S3 review

All in all, Tizen is an experience that is still best taken at its core, because that is where it shines best. Third party support is still lacking, but Samsung is still able to make it work where it counts – fitness tracking, though sometimes simplistic, is robust; and Samsung Pay helps add a bit of flair to the notification prowess and daily info already built into the Gear S3.

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Conclusion

Samsung Gear S3 review

There was a feeling I couldn’t shake when using the Gear S3 – with every notification that came in, I found myself enjoying reading the entire message (usually SMS) on the screen, scrolling down with the satisfying clicks of the rotating bezel. This is an experience I had before on the Gear S2, but for some reason this was better on the even larger, more men’s fashion-oriented Gear S3. And for any faults that I came across in this smartwatch, like buggy apps or tough to hear voice calls blaring from my wrist, the simplest daily activities were made better by what Samsung continues to build upon since premiering their unique tactile user experience.

...one of the most enjoyable smartwatch experiences we’ve had in a little while...

The Gear S3 Frontier, in particular, really tries to wear a lot of hats at once – smartwatch, notification center, health monitor, payment system, GPS tracker, audio player, and voice caller, to name a few. And though there are a large number of users that may be turned off by the visage of this smartwatch, credit has to be given where credit is due – Samsung managed to make the bulk of these features work well enough in concert to make what has been one of the most enjoyable smartwatch experiences we’ve had in a little while. Android Wear unfortunately has one of its biggest competitors in the Samsung Gear S3.

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What do you think of the Samsung Gear S3? Would you buy one? Or is an Android Wear device or the Apple Watch more your type of smartwatch? Let us know your views in the comments below!

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Micromax launches Vdeo range of budget VoLTE smartphones pre-bundled with Reliance Jio SIM

Micromax Informatics, India’s leading domestic handset maker, has partnered with Google to launch a new series of affordable smartphones with 4G VoLTE support – Vdeo – to popularize video calling.

The two smartphones – Vdeo 1 and Vdeo 2 – come preloaded with Google Duo app and come bundled with Reliance Jio SIM with three months of unlimited free data and voice calling.

Micromax Vdeo 1 Specifications

  • Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Display: 4-inch (10.16cm) WVGA
  • Processor: 1.3 GHz Quad Core processor
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Internal Storage: 8GB
  • Camera: 5MP rear camera | 2MP front camera
  • Battery: 1600mAh

At Micromax we thrive on our understanding of the Indian consumer, consistently deriving insights and delivering innovative products to the market. 2016 has seen a marked slowdown in the long term trend of Feature Phones users shifting to Smart Phones. Two barriers we identified were perceived high cost of data and a lack of a differentiated mass-use case. With the launch of the Vdeo range we have focused on these issues. We believe Video calling that is as simple as making a voice call, in a stable environment, will be a strong use case especially in smaller towns. This feature, coupled with free internet connectivity with the pre-bundled Reliance Jio SIM is a compelling proposition that will accelerate the switch from feature phones to Smartphones. Our leadership position and strong brand equity has allowed Micromax, for the first time in the industry, to bring together key players in the eco-system to deliver a complete solution for our consumers.

– Shubhajit Sen, Chief Marketing Officer, Micromax Informatics

Micromax Vdeo 2 Specifications

  • Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Display: 4.5-inch FWVGA
  • Processor: 1.3 GHz Quad Core processor
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Internal Storage: 8GB
  • Camera: 5MP rear camera | 2MP front camera
  • Battery: 1800mAh

Micromax Vdeo 1 is priced at ₹4,440 ($66) while the Vdeo 2 is priced at ₹4,990 ($74). The Vdeo range is aimed to power the next phase of smartphone adoption in the country by hand-holding consumers to upgrade to smartphones. Micromax has shared that in the coming months, the company will be extending the Vdeo range with the introduction of Vdeo 3 and Vdeo 4.

Amazon Prime members get early access to buy OnePlus 3T in India

Amazon India is giving early access to Prime members to buy the OnePlus 3T. While the device goes on sale on December 14, if you’re a Prime subscriber, you will be eligible to buy the device on December 12.

To stand a chance to secure an early access, you need to register on or before 2PM on December 12. Prime membership does not guarantee that you’ll be able to purchase the OnePlus 3T on the day, mind you. You will be eligible, but due to the limited quantities, Prime members will be able to avail this offer while stocks last.

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Interestingly, the offer is available to trial users of Prime membership as well. So, in case you aren’t a Prime member as yet, you can sign up for the free trial, and get in line for early access to buy the OnePlus 3T.

Priced at ₹29,999 ($440) for the 64GB variant and ₹34,999 ($515) for the 128GB variant, the OnePlus 3T goes on sale in India on December 14 for general public, exclusively on Amazon.

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Google Pixel and Pixel XL get VoLTE support for Reliance Jio with Android 7.1.1 update

The Pixel and Pixel XL snagged the Android 7.1.1 update this week, which also brought the much-requested VoLTE support for the smartphones in India.

After the public release of Reliance Jio, and the free run for initial customers, Jio has acquired over 50 million subscribers already, and as a 4G-only carrier, Jio only supports voice calls over LTE. Hence, there was considerable interest in the feature, but the Pixel and Pixel XL devices sold in India did not have VoLTE support as yet.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL get VoLTE support for Reliance Jio with Android 7.1.1 update

With the latest update though, you can now make voice calls over LTE. In the Network settings, you can now enable the Enhanced 4G LTE Mode which allow users to Use LTE services to improve voice and other communications. Once enabled, the ‘HD’ symbol in the status bar on the top indicates that VoLTE is enabled.

The Android Nougat 7.1.1 OTA update comes bundled with the December security updates and is available across entire Nexus line-up as well as the Pixel devices.

Lenovo PHAB 2 launched in India; goes on sale on December 9

Just over a month after launching the PHAB 2 Plus in India, Lenovo today launched the PHAB 2 in India, the toned-down version of the former, with a 6.4-inch display. The PHAB 2 was unveiled at the Lenovo Tech World 2016 in San Francisco earlier this year.

While the two devices are similar in design, the PHAB 2 packs in modest innards as compared to the PHAB 2 Plus. It does, however, boast of Dolby ATMOS support, as well as support for Dolby audio capture 5.1 and 360-degree noise cancellation. Surprisingly, the PHAB 2 misses out on a fingerprint scanner, which has become a norm in this segment.

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Lenovo PHAB 2 Specifications

  • Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Vibe UI
  • Display: 6.4-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • Processor: 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8735 | Mali-T720 GPU
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Internal Storage: 32GB; expandable up to 128GB with microSD card
  • Rear Camera: 13MP with LED Flash | PDAF
  • Front Camera: 5MP | 85-degree wide-angle lens
  • Dimensions: 88.5 x 175 x 5.5 mm-9.6m
  • Weight: 225g
  • Battery: 4050mAh

Priced at ₹11,999 ($177), the Lenovo PHAB 2 comes in two color variants – Champagne Gold and Gunmetal Grey. The PHAB 2 will go on sale at 12 PM on December 9, exclusively on Flipkart.

What are your thoughts on the PHAB 2, and would you like to pick up a smartphone with 6.4-inch display? Let us know in the comments!

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Lenovo K6 Power launched in India; already sold out but back in stock soon

The Lenovo K6 Power started selling in India today via Flipkart and sold out quite quickly. The device, which was officially announced back at IFA 2016, is priced at Rs. 9,999 and will be back in stock soon.

The K6 Power goes up against devices like the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime, which offers similar specifications and is in the same price range. In order to increase sales of the device and make it more competitive, Flipkart is offering customers a discount of up to Rs. 8,000, if they exchange their current smartphone when buying the latest K6 Power.

You also have the option of getting a discount on the Moto Pulse 2 headphones, which normally retail for Rs. 1,499. By bundling them with Lenovo’s smartphone, you’ll be able to get the headphones for just Rs. 499. And you can buy the device on an instalment plan, which starts at Rs. 485 per month.

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The Lenovo K6 Power features a 5-inch 1080p display, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, a 13 MP and 8 MP camera setup, and Android Marshmallow. But the biggest selling point of the device is its large 4,000 mAh battery, which should allow for 12.6 hours of web surfing on a Wi-Fi connection, according to the manufacturer.

The device has a full metal body and comes in Grey, Gold, and Silver. If you’re interested in learning more about the smartphone, head over to Flipkart’s website by clicking the button below. But keep in mind that initial stock has already sold out, so you’ll have to wait for another week to get your hands on the device. The next sale is scheduled for December 13 — starting at noon local time.

Lenovo K6 Power

What are your thoughts on the Lenovo K6 Power? Would you be interested in buying the device?

LG V20 officially launches in India

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LG has finally launched their flagship smartphone, the LG V20, in India. Unveiled in September this year, the LG V20 was the first smartphone with Android Nougat out-of-the-box.

The USP of the V20 is the small, secondary ticker display (160 x 1040 pixels) on top of the primary 5.7-inch quad-HD display. The secondary display allows you to view notifications and alerts at a glance, and gives you access to recent apps and quick tools.

The much-awaited V20 will set new standards in the smartphone segment. Especially Audio & Video experience on V20 would excite consumers like never before. With the new flagship phone V20, one can weave a beautiful story every day – all thanks to its high-quality audio, video and dual camera features. In short, it’s a multimedia powerhouse. And the best part, this extremely stylish phone has passed stringent 60,000 validation tests to be a real sturdy & durable smartphone.

– Amit Gujral, Marketing Head, LG Mobiles India

LG V20 officially launches in India

LG V20 Specifications

  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Display: 5.7-inch (2560 × 1440) Quad HD IPS | 513 ppi | 2.1-inch (160 x 1040) IPS
  • Processor: Quad-core Snapdragon 820 | Adreno 530 GPU
  • RAM: 4GB LPDDR4
  • Internal Storage: 64GB; expandable up to 2TB with microSD cards
  • Rear Camera:
    • 16MP | OIS 2.0 | f/1.8 aperture | Dual-tone LED Flash | 75-degree lens
    • 8MP | f/2.4 aperture | 135-degree lens
  • Front Camera: 5MP | f/1.9 aperture | 120-degree wide-angle lens
  • Dimensions: 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6mm
  • Weight: 173g
  • Battery: 3200mAh | Quick Charge 3.0

Priced at ₹54,999 ($810), the LG V20 comes in three color variants – Titan, Silver, and Pink – and is available exclusively on Amazon online, and in offline stores across India. It comes with a B&O headset worth ₹18,000 free as well as a complimentary SF-coated back cover. There’s also a six months screen replacement offer.

OnePlus contest sees OnePlus 3T and more available for one rupee

OnePlus has introduced a contest for customers in India which allows users to exchange points for items in the OnePlus store. The December Dash promotion, which runs until the end of the year, also sees three OnePlus 3T devices become available each week for one India rupee.

To have a chance of buying a one rupee OnePlus 3T, users must complete an Entry Challenge which involves signing into the OnePlus account, verifying their mobile number, adding their address details and then sharing the OnePlus competition page on their social channels. Those who do so before December 28 will be entered into the OnePlus 3T prize draw which occurs every Saturday (winners will be notified by email).

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In addition to the prize draw, users can earn points for each person who completes the Entry Challenge using one of the links they share on social media. Each registration earns the user one point, redeemable at OnePlus’s prize shop.

Items which can be exchanged there include phone cases for between 6 and 15 points and a 128 GB OnePlus 3T for those you manage to amass 300 points (for clarity, that means 300 people must complete the Entry Challenge through links you post.)

The prize shop is open 12 – 6pm (IST) on every Friday in December (9, 16, 23, 30) but items seen there may have limited stock. For the full rules and conditions of the December Dash, head over to OnePlus.com.

Google introduces Hindi language capabilities to Google Allo

Launched in September this year, Google Allo is a smart messaging app that also includes Google Assistant that helps you get any kind of information you want and gets things done.

To make the Google Allo experience better, easier, and more relevant for non-English speakers, the company is introducing Hindi language capabilities to the Assistant and Smart Reply in Google Allo. Starting today, these new features will begin rolling out on Google Allo, and will be available to all users over the coming few days.

Since it’s launch, Google Allo has received tremendous response, especially in India, which has one of the highest number of Google Allo users. The Google Assistant, in particular, is one of the most loved features in Google Allo – one in every 12 messages in group chats are messages to the Google Assistant. We are enthused by this and today’s launch enables us to extend these features to the next millions of users in a language of their choice.

– Amit Fulay, Group Product Manager, Google

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The Google Assistant in Allo will now understand and respond in Hindi. To start using the Assistant in Hindi, all you need to do is to say “Talk to me in Hindi” or adjust the language setting on your device.

Smart Reply in Allo makes it easier for users to respond quickly, even when on the go. Now, powered by Machine Learning, Google Allo not just understands text, but can also help with suggested responses in Hindi to images sent by friends and family. It will recognize the language you’re chatting in and begin to show suggested responses in that language.

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