Google announced five new products that aimed at expanding access to the Internet for users in India. Google Station Wi-Fi platform, YouTube Go, Google Assistant in Hindi inside messaging app Allo, Google Play on 2G connections, Google Duo and new data-saving features in Chrome for mobile. These are the global platforms and products inspired by the needs of Indian users and built specifically for India.
You Tube Go
It is a brand new app to help the next generation of users to share and enjoy videos. It was designed and built from the ground up with insights from India, in order to bring the power of video to mobile users with less data consumption and good connectivity.
Google Assistant Allo
Google Assistant will be launched in Hindi by the end of 2016 inside the brand new Allo messaging app. The Assistant let’s the users have a conversation with Google, which can help them get things done.
It is a new video-conversation app by the company. It runs on low speed networks as well as gives a small preview message even before the call get started. This app allows the users to connect faster in easiest way.
Inspired by the success of the partnership with RailTel and Indian Railways to provide Wi-Fi at railway stations in India. Google announced a new Wi-Fi platform called Google Station. This new platform will work with partners to roll out Wi-Fi hot-spots at different places to free Internet.
Further details about Google Station are available on station.google.com.
People on 2G and other low-bandwidth connections will able to browse Google Play faster. Fast browsing uses preloading on Wi-Fi to load the most popular parts of Play Store quickly. And when a user on a low-bandwidth connection chooses to install an app, Play Store will offer a new “Wait for Wi-Fi” option where the app will only install when the phone next connects to Wi-Fi.
It reduces the amount of data Chrome uses on Android mobile devices, computers, and Chrome-books. It’ll now support MP4 videos, saving up to over two-thirds (67%) of video data. Chrome automatically optimize pages to their essentials when 2G-like networks are detected. These simplified pages load up to 2X faster, saving more than 90% of data usage.
- Download feature will now allow users to save web pages, videos, music, or pictures.
- Downloaded items can be easily accessed in new downloads tab, even when offline.
- If users go offline before the download is complete, it’ll automatically resumed next time when user gets
Company also plans to train two million mobile developers on Android by their Android Fundamentals course. Google is also funding the installation of Google Developers Code-Labs at major State Technical Universities in India.
Company has improved the Search for better response in Indian language itself. Users can directly search any content in Hindi itself. Company is adding more Indian languages in its products and the evolution of Search to meet the needs of mobile users.