India could reward risk-taking a bit more and, perhaps, its education system could emphasize more creativity, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told a group of Indian editors, but once there is a big enough market — and that is what the internet is providing —there is no reason why Indian innovation won’t take-off.
On his first visit to India after taking over as Google CEO, Pichai was reluctant to set timelines for this transformation or give numbers on when the India operations could become more important than the US one, but he did say that Google already had 1,500 people in India as compared to around 10,000 in the Bay area — India, he said, will be a bigger market for Android phones than the US sometime in 2016 and it has already has more internet users. “And that’s when there’s still a billion more people to connect to the internet”.
As part of Pichai’s visit, Google announced a programme to train two million Android developers over the next three years by working closely with over 30 universities.
Earlier, Pichai said, when you developed products for India, you did that in the US and imported them … now, we develop them here and take them to the rest of the world where they do well. By way of an example, he spoke of taking YouTube offline, where a lot of the work was done in India. FE
‘Loon is a mobile BTS, essentially’
New Delhi: While Google’s Project Loon has faced uncertainty with the government saying it could interfere with transmission signals of mobile telcos, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the firm partners with existing telcos, to help boost their ability to service. It will use airwaves the telco has and, becomes a mobile Base Transmitting Station which transmits signals to/from the phone. FE