India and similar developing countries in Southeast Asia and Africa are where Google expects "Next Billion Users" to come online. Given the different environments, the company optimizes and creates new products that fit these needs. Today, Google announced and expanded a number of Indian specific features, including Drive, Google Go, Assistant, and more.
Google's announcements this year focused on three goals, starting from a basic level of "Doing Internet Work for Multiple Indians." Google Station grows from originally covering railway stations and then key areas in a town to villages and cities. Ten million people in the state of Andhra Pradesh will access high-quality internet access.
Google Station collaborates with Andhra Pradesh State FiberNet Limited to cover over 12,000 villages, cities and cities in the state of Andhra Pradesh, which potentially reaches 10 million people. This will provide high quality internet access to areas that have never been linked before, from hospitals to villages.
At the same time, Google Gos launches text-to-speech functionality that reads websites highly through natural language processing and speech synthesis today. It reflects how new users who come online prefer to listen to articles over reading text. It supports 28 languages, including Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Marathi and Tamil.
This new functionality is related to Google's next goal of making products more relevant to Indian users. At a basic level, this means that more Native American content becomes available to them, as it currently represents only one percent of what is available in English.
Works with Indian News Publishers, Google Project Navlekhā uses an AI tool "render a PDF file containing Indian language content in editable text, making it easy for publishers to create mobile-friendly web content."
It also provides Indian language publishers provide free web hosting with AdSense support so they can immediately start earning money on their content. Publishers will also receive training and support and a branded .page domain name for the first three years.
In apps, Google Feed can display news stories from both English and Hindi sources, as well as determining what types of stories users prefer. Google Assistant adds support for Marathi and seven more Indian languages in the future. Meanwhile, Google adds voice control to India apps from third party developers like Where Is My Train, Airtel and Hello English.
The last goal coincides with renaming Tez to Google Pay, with the previous features that make the way to the rest of the world. More generally, Google plans to "Take the best from India to the rest of the world."
We believe that many of the innovations and features we pioneer with Tez will work in other countries. To take Tez beyond India, we will unite all Google's payment deliveries globally. As a first step, Tez will now be called Google Pay.
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