tech2 News StaffDec 21, 2015 11:00:10 IST
Google CEO, Sundar Pichai just finished hosting the 'Google for India' event. There was plenty to discuss and present and Google does seem to be serious about both its current and future projects that it plans to bring to India.
This was the first time indeed where Pichai stepped into India after becoming the CEO of Google. The Indian-born CEO discussed plenty of points during his keynote, but also focussed on how Google has been persistently trying to build on offline technologies with smartphones, to help take the internet offline and available to the masses that have little or no access to the same. Others work towards bringing the internet to rural areas like Project Loon that is set to take off next year.
Indeed the 'Google for India' event is just the first step to showcase the company's plans for India and below are the key takeways from the event:
Android users in India to surpass those in US
Contrary to the what many expected, there was little mention about Google's next step with the Android One platform. On the other hand, Google CEO, Sundar Pichai predicted that by 2016, there will be more Android users in India as compared to the US. Pichai also discussed how the new virtual keyboard will soon support 11 Indian languages.
New campus to come up in Hyderabad
Google will be building a new campus in Hyderabad. This will be done to ramp up Google's engineering presence and business in the country. The search giant will also begin campus recruitments in Bangalore and Hyderabad for the same.Google announced a program to train two million new Android developers over the next three years by working closely with more than 30 universities across the country. This it would pull off with help from the National Skill Development Corporation.
Free public Wi-Fi at 100 railway stations by 2016
In its aim to accelerate internet adoption in India, Google is working to build a public Wi-Fi network. This it plans to do with Indian Railways and RailTel's help to deliver free Wi-Fi at train stations. Google promised to deliver Wi-Fi at about a hundred stations by December 2016. Mumbai's Mumbai Central station's public Wi-Fi access will be up and running by January 2016.
Chromebit stick PC
Google will be launching its Chromebit stick PC with Chrome OS in January 2016 with prices starting from Rs 7,999. According to Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, the Chromebit stick is capable of turning any monitor into a computer helping many access the internet with their TVs.
Google describes the device as being smaller than a candy bar, which transforms into a full computer. By simply plugging this device into any display, you can turn it into a computer. It’s the perfect upgrade for an existing desktop and will be really useful for schools and businesses. So whether you’re looking for a smaller Chrome device that packs a big punch or a laptop that can do back bends, there’s a Chromebook for you…and for everyone else, too.”
Google Accelerated Mobile Pages
In the search giant's efforts to make it product better accessible to users in India. Google showed off how Accelerated Mobile Pages have improved access speeds. Also showcased was a “lighter” version of Search results with much faster loading times that also provided increased traffic for publishers. Tamar Yehoshua, Vice-President of Product Management for Search, said, “We take the responsibility of connecting people with the information they need and recognize just how much this can make their lives better in big and small ways.”
Tap to translate now supports more Indian languages
Caesar Sengupta, Vice-President for Google’s Next Billion at the keynote revealed how it took about 20,000 people to help translate 100 million words in just two weeks. Google showcased the Tap to Translate an instant translate feature that works as simply as highlighting text on the screen to translate it; one that would be out in 2016. Sengupta explained, "With Tap to Translate you can copy text anywhere on your Android phone and instantly get the translation, right then and there — without ever leaving the app. No more copy/paste, no more app switching, just instant translations." Also demoed was real-time translation via the camera lens.
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