Google adds “Neighbourly” app so you can get quick answers from neighbors

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Credit: https://india.googleblog.com/2018/05/introducing-neighbourly-app-for-trusted.html

The market in India is huge, and only a few tech companies can actually resist the urge. No wonder Apple, Google and Facebook will leave no stone unturned to secure their footing in that country. Google in particular has been placing a lot of emphasis, and shortly after launching Google Tez payment service peculiar to the market in India, the company is once again launching another app. “Neighbourly” just made its entry into the market—and even though it is still in beta, the app offers a lot of promises.

Neighbourly is a social app that is aimed at building neighborhood communities within cities in India. It is a Q&A app that allows you to share local knowledge with those who need secure and trusted information.

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? Any reliable mechanics nearby? These are all questions that require answers from trusted people in your neighborhood—and this paints exact reason why Google is adding this app. A new occupant is always cautious when asking any of the aforementioned questions—and you can be of great help with an app like Neighbourly.

The video below by courtesy of Google, explains what the app is all about:

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. And group chats keep getting bigger and noisier — and often fill up with those “Good Morning” messages.

The answer of course, is to create an app that can help people find answers to questions that bother them.

And yet we need answers. That’s why we built Neighbourly, a neighbourhood app that helps you ask your neighbours questions, share local expertise, and keep up with your neighbourhood. With Neighbourly, your questions get routed to the relevant neighbours instantly, and then they can write back with the most up-to-date and accurate info.

So, what can Neighbourly help you do?

  • Ask your neighbors questions. All questions are routed to the neighborhood experts who can help. Using Google’s voice recognition, you can speak your question or answer into the app, just like talking to a neighbour. It works in English and eight Indian languages.
  • Keep up with your neighborhood safely. Browse, ask and answer questions without sharing all of your personal information. Personal details like your phone number, full name and other contact information are kept private when you use Neighbourly. And every member that joins Neighbourly makes the Neighbourly Promise so we can all work together to keep the app’s community safe and helpful.
  • Share your local expertise. Easily swipe left and right through the questions and give answers. The more you answer, the more you’re recognized for your local expertise. Plus, every time you answer, that information directly helps one of your neighbours and makes your entire neighbourhood more informed.

Neighbourly is rolling out as beta in the Play Store today to users in Mumbai India. However, Google said users outside the city can join the waitlist.


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Author: Ola Ric

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