10 Important Announcements Sunder Pichai Made during #GoogleForIndia Event
Sunder Pichai, the CEO of Google, is in India and today he spoke at #GoogleForIndia event in Delhi that was attended by media, developers, entrepreneurs and marketers. Sunder Pichai spoke at length and we bring you some of what he spoke.
The speech was largely about what Google is doing in India and how they are now looking at India as a very important market, probably the most important one after the US. While some of what he said today has already been public for a while, some of the things he said were new.
Lets look at 10 important things he spoke at #GoogleForIndia event.
- 1 1.) Google Ramping up its presence in India
- 2 2.) Google to Bring 3,00,000 Villages Online
- 3 3.) Live Cricket Updates on Google Search
- 4 4.) Project Loon will come to India
- 5 5.) Google’s Indic Keyboard with 11 Indian languages
- 6 6.) 500 Railway Stations will get WiFi
- 7 7.) Indian Android Users will outnumber USA
- 8 8.) Low Speed Search
- 9 9.) Indian Android Developers
- 10 10.) Google Maps Usage
- 11 11.) Android One Phones
1.) Google Ramping up its presence in India
Google will double their headcount and will be increasing their presence in the country. They are building a massive new campus in Hyderabad for the same. Back in May we had reported about the same. This campus will be Google’s largest Campus outside the US.
2.) Google to Bring 3,00,000 Villages Online
In keeping with Government’s #DigitalIndia Vision, Google has said that they have launched a initiative called ‘Internet Sathi’ that aims to bring over 3 Lakh Indian villages online. Google shared this video giving more information on this initiative
3.) Live Cricket Updates on Google Search
Google understands that India is a cricket loving nation, and they are bringing live cricket updates through simple google search. If an international match is currently being played, just a simple search on Google regarding the match will give you all the live updates in regards to the cricket match. The feature will go live by early 2016.
4.) Project Loon will come to India
Sunder Pichai said today, “We are exploring ways of bringing project loon to India, especially rural areas,”. Project Loon is an initiative by Google to bring low cost internet connectivity. However, recently Telecom Minister put a spanner in their plans as he said that Project Loon will interfere with current spectrum and will disrupt existing telecom services.
5.) Google’s Indic Keyboard with 11 Indian languages
Google Indic Keyboard has been launched specifically for Indians and allows you to type messages, update on social networks or compose emails in your 11 native languages on your Android phone. The languages supported include English, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu. You can download the Indic keyboard from here.
6.) 500 Railway Stations will get WiFi
By 2017, Google plans to enable more than 500 railway stations across India. Around 100 stations of them will get WiFi by end of 2016. Sunder Pichai said that this would be world’s biggest public WiFi project and Mumbai Central station will have public WiFi from January 2016.
7.) Indian Android Users will outnumber USA
Sunder Pichai said during the talks that India will have more Android users than USA by 2016.
8.) Low Speed Search
Pichai said that keeping the low internet speeds in Indian in mind, they have improved their Google search to work better on low speed connections
9.) Indian Android Developers
Pichai said that Google will train over 2 million Android developers in India over next few years.
10.) Google Maps Usage
India is one of the top 5 countries in the world using offline maps. Also, 51 countries now us Google’s Mapmaker which was first started in India.
11.) Android One Phones
It was expected that Sunder Pichai will announce new plans in regards to Android One, however, nothing much was spoken in that regards. Caesar Sengupta said, Android One phones now available in 21 countries, which was first launched in India!
Apart from this, many other points were made including growth of Youtube, Indian focused Google search features, Google translation, Chromebit among others.