Google India introduces `Neighbourly` app to solve local queries

Joanna Estrada
June 3, 2018

The company's "Next Billion" team in charge of emerging markets has dedicated significant resources to India. No wonder Apple, Google and Facebook will leave no stone unturned to secure their footing in that country.

Let's see; this could be Google's first real success in the world of social apps.

The app was tested with thousands of users for a period of about a month.

When questions like: "How do I find a reliable pediatrician for my daughter? or which film festivals in our locality have free entry for kids?"

Internet giant Google has released a new app in India called Neighbourly to connect people in the same locality.

The basic goal is to give local communities an outlet to seek answers to practical questions about local life, routine and more.

People nearby often have the exact information you need, but they're too busy these days to stop and chat on the street or in the park. It has also said that the app is not for those constant Good morning messages in group chats.

Neighbourly allows users to ask and answer questions about their local area.

Help your neighbours out by answering questions.

To use the app, type or use your voice to answer your neighbours' questions. The app also provides users the support for English and eight other Indian languages.

Keep up with your neighbourhood safely.

The app is private so none of your personal information is shared with anyone. Finally, the app tries to foster responsible behavior and a sense of community by requiring users to sign a 'Neighbourly Promise', before granting them access.

Also, you can share local expertise. You are expected to keep a neighbourly promise, of respecting neighbours, giving helpful answers and reporting inappropriate posts.

The new Google app is much like Jelly, the question and answer service from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone that was ultimately bought by Pinterest, but with localized tweaks. Also, every answer not only directly informs the participating neighbor but as well keeps the entire neighborhood informed, for the answers still do remain for others to see.

The app, which is in open beta in Mumbai and now only available on Android 4.3 or higher there, can be used to ask questions using text or voice in English and eight Indian languages. If you're outside of Mumbai you can join the waitlist as Google plans to expand across India with this app.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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