All The New Announcements Made By Google For India
Harin - Sep 21, 2019
Google For India 2019: all the new announcements made by Google for India, the world’s second-largest smartphone market.
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For Google, India, being the world’s second-largest smartphone market and with Android dominating the market with over 91% of market share, is an extremely important market. For the past 4 years, the company has been putting a lot of efforts in delivering products and services cater to the market. The announcements of this year were no different, from Google Bolo to Google Assistant.
Google Lens has been used widely in India. Therefore, Google is now adding more Indian languages to the app. After Hindi, three new languages including Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu are now supported.
The partnership between Google and Vodafone-Idea brings about a new phone line which is geared toward underprivileged people, those without high-speed internet connections as well as feature phones. The new phone line (000-800-9191000) is now available for users to call and ask about their queries. At the moment, English and Hindi are supported. Questions can vary from weather to news, traffic updates, facts, and many more.
Food delivery support has also come to Google Assistant. Users can soon use Google Assistant to order food from brands such as Freshmenu and Domino’s.
Google announced Google Discover last year and Hindi was the first language supported. But from now on, 7 more languages are available including Tamil, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati, Malayalam, and Kannada. Languages like Urdu, Oriya, and Punjabi will come to the app later this year.
Google Bolo App
The Bolo app was unveiled in India earlier this year. The main role of this app is to help children learn English and Hindi. More languages will be added, including Marathi, Bangla, Tamil, Urdu, and Telugu. Google has announced that it has partnered with publishers like Chhota Bheem and Katha Kids.
Back in 2017, Google Pay first came to India and has gained attention for offering payments via UPI. At the moment, every month, the app handles around 918 million transactions, a significant increase from two years ago. Google now adds to the app two major updates. The first update is NFC card payments, with cards from Standard Chartered, HDFC, Kotak and Axis banks. Tokenization for credit and debit cards is also added.
The second update is integrating Spot platform to the Google Pay app. With the new platform, brands can offer their services right from the application. It is possible for users to upload their catalogs into the Google Pay app. There’s no need for them to make a separate application. For merchants, Spot codes can also be created. Consumers can order and then go to the store to pick up their order. Google’s partners include Golbibo, Eat.fit, MakeMyTrip, UrbanClap, Zomato, and RedBus.
The last new feature is Jobs which will pay attention to entry-level jobs in fields like delivery, retail, and hospitality. With machine learning, users will receive regularly updated list consists of 10 jobs to which they can apply right from the application. Delhi NCR will be the first location where the feature will be available. Besides job opportunities, the feature will give prospective employees job-related tips.
An AI lab is being set up in Bengaluru, India’s IT center. The lab will be focusing on improving AI research and fundamental computer. The research will then be applied to deal with problems such as education, agriculture, and healthcare. For example, predicting flood forecasts is one of many categories that Google has been focusing on.