An Indian app that was created by Google known as Google Neighbourly which comes from the company’s ambitious Next Billion Users team is now launching in other parts of India as well.
The app was originally launched in Mumbai back in May and is aimed to offer a platform to help people source local information from their neighbours. While its debut was limited to Mumbai and Jaipur, the Neighbourly app reached Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Kota, Mysore, and Vizag in September. It is touted to have over 1.5 million downloads and half a million people on its waitlist.
The Neighbourly app is now rolling out nationally starting with Bengaluru and Delhi that both topped the waitlist. Google is also in plans to add more cities on a daily basis and bring the app to Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Lucknow, and Indore over the next few weeks.
Users outside these cities can bolster the rollout of the Neighbourly app by joining the waitlist. The app is designed to make it easier for people in a city to ask local questions and find reliable and relevant answers directly from their neighbours. It works in English and eight other Indian languages.
Through the initial rollout of the Neighbourly app, the company mentioned that it found that many people asked to be able to join different neighbourhoods. This feedback has been taken into account and helped the team bring features such as automatic suggestions on the nearest neighbourhood, switch between multiple neighbourhoods, personalised questions, advice on how to ask response-attracting questions and give Top Neighbour status.