Google For India

Google for India fourth annual edition held in New Delhi on today. The event was streamed live via its youtube channel. The event will see announcements from Google’s product leaders which includes Caesar Sengupta, vice president of product management. Pravir Gupta, senior engineering director, Google Assistant is also among the speakers. Therefore, it means we can expect updates around the voice-assistant.

The company at its event also announced a number of other measures. It includes such support for the Marathi language in Google Assistant. It is believed to help Indian people access Google services in local languages and on low-priced smartphones. Google is also renaming Tez, its payment service as Google Pay.

Google announced:

Support for the Marathi language in Google Assistant

This is an addition to support for Hindi and English, which is already available. Also, support for seven more regional languages the company added to Google Assistant in the coming months.

The Google Feed 

The Google Now-like cards will be available on Android phones. It is now going to be bilingual in India. This means users will see both Hindi and English content in this feed.

Using Google Go

A search app for entry-level smartphones that don’t have a very powerful hardware. Indian phone users will be able to “pull up any web page in English, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Malayalam, and Tamil, and simply listen to it with each word lighting up as it’s read.”

Google is working with over one lakh offline publishers so they can have a web presence

It is part of company’s Project Navlekha that will allow publishers to go online, even with content in regional languages. Just within a matter of days using Google tools that use machine learning and AI to scan. And also identify printed text and images.

Google Maps Go now supports turn-by-turn navigation

This is a feature that was missing and the Maps Go. It is an app that comes bundled with Android Go phones, would be now more useful. Google Maps is also going to use data from RedBus now. “Thanks to a new partnership with RedBus – India’s largest inter-city bus ticketing service. More than 20,000 routes and 1,500 cities will also be added for intercity bus journey routes,” said the company.

Google is partnering with Andhra Pradesh State FiberNet Limited to roll out Wi-Fi in 12000 villages and towns, using the Station Wi-Fi model.