Brand-new DELHI: India is one of the largest growth markets for the search giant Google globally, said the company’s India-born CEO Sundar Pichai. On a two-day visit to the country, Pichai said that by 2016 India will have actually more Android users than the US.
Stressing on importance of internet connectivity, he said that it is critical to spread the reach of internet across the country. And in this, “Mobile internet can be a game changer,” Pichai said. “Our focus on bringing internet access to everyone, making sure our products are working for them in a meaningful way and then ensure our platform allows them to add their voice to the internet,” Google CEO said.
This is Chennai-born Pichai’s first visit to India — in fact his first overseas trip — after he took over as CEO of the restructured Google in August. Pichai said that Google’s rural internet programme will move from pilot to full scale programme in 300,000 villages in India. The company will help women from 3 lakh villages across India to get online in three years.
Pichai said as part of Google’s efforts to help women get online, the company is expanding bicycle for women programme nationally.
This is part of the US-based firm’s focus on bringing internet to everyone in India, which has actually the world’s second largest population.
Google CEO likewise announced that the company will build Brand-new campus and ramp up engineering presence in Hyderabad to make products for India. The search giant will likewise up hiring in Bengaluru.
Regarding the company’s partnership along with Indian Railways to provide Wi-Fi at 400 stations, Pichai said that 100 railway stations will have actually Wi-Fi by December 2016. Mumbai Central will be the first railway station to get Wi-Fi.
Internet major Google and state-run RailTel Corp of India have actually joined hands to equip 400 railways station in the country along with high speed Wi-Fi networks, making it one of the largest public Wi-Fi projects in the world.
The Wi-Fi project was announced by Pichai after his meeting along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Google is likewise upgrading its Indian maps. Pichai said, “The user community has actually helped them map a city like Madurai. It is the map maker here in India that taught Google that the community should be critical part in other sectors of the world as well.”
Offline maps too have actually been introduced in the country as lots of still are on 2G connection. Users can download the map when they have actually connectivity and then use the maps when in a patchy or along with no connectivity. India is in the top 5 countries that download map and use them in offline mode.