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Google Launches Gemini Mobile App in India with Support for Nine Local Languages

Tech giant Google has made a significant leap in the Indian market with the launch of its GenAI chatbot mobile app, Gemini, now available in English and nine Indian languages. Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, heralded this launch on X, underscoring the company’s commitment to enhancing digital accessibility and utility across diverse linguistic demographics.

“Exciting news! Today, we’re launching the Gemini mobile app in India, available in English and 9 Indian languages,” Pichai announced, highlighting the app’s availability on Android devices.

Initially announced in February, the Gemini app is powered by Google’s advanced generative AI model, Gemini 1.5 Pro. This model underpins both the Gemini app and Gemini Advanced, providing users access to some of Google’s most sophisticated AI capabilities. The inclusion of nine Indian languages in both applications marks a significant step towards democratizing AI tools, enabling more people to access information and complete tasks in their preferred languages.

The supported languages are Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. This linguistic inclusivity is expected to bridge the digital divide, making AI-powered assistance more accessible and practical for a broader section of the Indian populace.

Users can interact with the Gemini mobile app by typing or speaking in any of the supported languages. The app also offers the capability to add images to queries, enhancing the scope of AI assistance. However, iOS users will have to wait a bit longer as Google plans to roll out Gemini access for iOS through the Google app over the next few weeks.

Alongside the launch, Google has introduced new features in Gemini Advanced, including enhanced data analysis capabilities and the ability to upload files. Additionally, the ability to chat with Gemini is being integrated into Google Messages, initially available in English. This feature aims to streamline user interactions with AI, embedding advanced assistance directly into everyday communication tools.

The introduction of Gemini comes at a time when generative AI tools are rapidly gaining traction. Major players like Microsoft with Copilot, Google with Gemini, and OpenAI with GPT-4 are making AI chatbots increasingly accessible to the masses. This surge is particularly pronounced in India, where the GenAI market is forecasted to exceed $17 billion by 2030, according to Inc42.

Driving this transformation are numerous homegrown AI startups. Companies like Krutrim, led by Bhavish Aggarwal, and SarvamAI have secured substantial funding recently. Krutrim achieved unicorn status after a $50 million funding round in January. Similarly, Mumbai-based GreyLabs AI raised $1.5 million in seed funding led by Matrix Partners India, and Bengaluru-based Gen AI SaaS startup Vodex garnered $2 million from Unicorn India Ventures and Pentathlon Ventures. In November, AI-powered martech startup Pixis raised $85 million in a Series C1 funding round led by Touring Capital.

As per Inc42’s data, India is now home to approximately 100 GenAI startups, collectively raising over $600 million in funding since 2019. This vibrant ecosystem reflects the country’s dynamic growth in AI, driven by both international tech giants and innovative domestic enterprises.

Google’s launch of the Gemini app with support for multiple local languages not only enhances its foothold in the Indian market but also aligns with the broader trend of integrating AI into daily life. As AI continues to evolve, such initiatives are pivotal in ensuring that technological advancements are inclusive and accessible, catering to the diverse needs of a global user base.

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Jhumpa Lahiri

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