Google’s “Neighbourly” app, which was earlier rolled out in Mumbai and Jaipur is now coming to five more Indian cities. These are Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Mysore, Vizag, and Kota. This app provides the local information to the users like the food joints, fitness and tuition centres, nearby parks and shopping arcades etc.The users in all these seven cities can now download the beta version of “Neighbourly” from Google Play Store on their Android devices.
The product manager for Google’s Next Billion User team, Ben Fohner said in an interview, “Neighbours are an incredible source of information that just can’t be found anywhere else. Whether it’s a recommendation for an art instructor for an elementary age student or a nearby place to get a tire puncture repaired.”
Josh Woodward, the Group Product Manager for the Next Billion Users team said that they are trying to address the local information needs of the people using this ‘Neighbourly’ app. When they rolled it out in two cities earlier, they succeeded in doing what they were aiming and thus they are now expanding it to five more cities.
It works in a way that when people ask for a particular query on it in both written or spoken manner they get an average of four trusted and relevant answers. The questions can be asked in eight regional languages along with English. These languages are Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, Kannada, and Malayalam
On clarifying, why the particular cities were selected Google said that an extensive user testing was done over the past few months. And, it was the dynamics of these cities that the Google’s Next Billion Users team found most attractive. Google received a very encouraging response from the users especially the students, daily commuters and the women. People also appreciated the fact that this app lets them ask or answer questions in their using their local language.
Google is also mindful of the privacy issue. To keep the experience safe and secure, this app only shows the questions and the answers that a user post.