Google For India 2019 Highlights: Google Pay for Business, Spot Platform, tokenised cards and more announced

Google For India 2019 will cover all the updates coming to Google' services and products in India

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  • 12:50 (IST)

    That's all folks!

    Google made several announcements in its Google For India conference. Google Pay for Business was revealed along with other features coming to Google Pay including The Spot Platform, Jobs, tokenised cards and more. Google Lens was given an update to support translation on-the-fly. Phone Line with Assistant will allow users to make search queries by dialling into a number, free of charge.

  • 12:45 (IST)

    Ravi Shankar Prasad has some requests for Google India

  • 12:36 (IST)

    Indian IT and electronics minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on stage

  • 12:25 (IST)

    Google announces new Jobs feature inside Google Pay

    The new section will allow potential employees to search for entry-level jobs within Google Pay. Interested users can add their job preference and then search for the relevant ones. Google is working with several local companies. It's starting off in the Delhi-NCR region and will be expanding to other locations soon.

  • 12:16 (IST)

    The Spot Platform for Google Pay announced

    Merchants and business owners can create curated experiences to display their services and products. This will enable them not to depend on websites or apps to showcase their products. It also has Spot Codes that will make it easier to open these custom experience pages and buy the products.

  • 12:12 (IST)

    Google Pay for Business announced

    Merchants can download the app from the Play Store. They will have to verify themselves first to be registered on the service. 

  • 12:06 (IST)

    Tokenised cards coming to India

    Google is bringing tokenised cards to India that will make payments easier for offline as well as online transactions. It will start rolling out in the next week.

  • 12:03 (IST)

    Growth of Google Pay

    Google Pay now has 67 million monthly active users and $110 billion in transactions in 2019.

  • 12:01 (IST)

    Phone Line with Google Assistant

    If you don't have an internet connection, you can dial into 000 800 9191 000 to ask any query to Google Assistant.

  • 11:59 (IST)

    Phone Line with Google Assistant

    Users without internet data can dial into Phone Line with Google Assistant in collaboration of Vodafone-Idea, free of charge, to use the services of Assistant. They can ask any kind of questions and queries, just like you'd use with an internet connection.

  • 11:55 (IST)

    Google collaborating with local partners

    Google India is partnering with local services so that other apps can be invoked using Google Assistant.

  • 11:51 (IST)

    Next up is Google Assistant

    Hindi is the second most commonly-used used language on Google Assistant.

  • 11:50 (IST)

    Google Bolo coming in more Indian languages

  • 11:43 (IST)

    Update to Google Lens in Indian-context

    Google Lens has been given an update to translate more Indian languages. Just by pointing the camera to any signboard with any language, Google Lens will be able to translate the text on-the-fly.

  • 11:39 (IST)

    Google For India 2019

    Google is announcing all the updates coming to its services and products in India.

Google India hosted its fifth Google For India event where it talked about everything the company has been doing in India. This covered all its products and services including Google Pay, Lens, Assistant, some of which have exclusive features in India. The speakers included General Manager of Payments and Vice President Caesar Sengupta, Vice President of Product, Google Assistant, Manuel Bronstein, Director of Marketing Southeast Asia and India Sapna Chadha and more from the product teams.

The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S. August 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake - RTS1AT69

Google is expected to announce updates to its services and products in India. Image: Reuters.

At the Google For India 2018 event, the company had announced several updates to the search giant's apps and services in India. Google Tez, the company's UPI-based payments app, was renamed to Google Pay. More features are set to arrive in India including card payments, according to an Indian Express interview with Google's VP for payments, Caesar Sengupta. Google Pay could be integrated into other Google products such as Mail and Messages.

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