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Google for India 2020 Highlights: Google will invest $10 billion in India, says Sundar Pichai

Google for India Event 2020 Highlights: This is the sixth Google for India event and first-ever virtual edition

By: Tech Desk |
Updated: July 13, 2020 5:15:33 pm
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Google for India Event 2020 Highlights: Google is set to hold its sixth annual event, Google for India today. For the first time, it will just be a virtual event due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In the event, the CEO of Google and Alphabet, Sundar Pichai will address the virtual audience. According to Google, the event will aim to unlock “new opportunities as India heads into a new, digital-first future”.

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications, Electronics and IT, Law & Justice will also be present at the event and address the audience about the digital transformation of India. Also, India’s HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal will talk about the education landscape in India.

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15:05 (IST)13 Jul 2020
Google announces partnership with CBSE

By the end of 2020, Google will enable 1 million teachers and 22,000 schools across India to "combine classroom approach with online learning" using free tools like G-Suite, Google Classroom, Youtube etc. 

14:59 (IST)13 Jul 2020
Over 4 lakh educators accessed the Teach From Home hub

Sapna Chadha, Google Senior Country Marketing Director India and Southeast Asia talked about the initiatives the company has taken in the education space. She briefly talked about Teach for Home project. According to Chadha, over 4 lakh educators accessed the Teach From Home hub.

14:48 (IST)13 Jul 2020
Android contributed to 1.6 million jobs in India

Caesar Sengupta, Google Vice President Payments and Next Billion Users in India quotes an ICEA report, which revealed that Android contributed to 1.6 million jobs in India. He also revealed that 26 million small and medium businesses in India are now searchable on Google. Sengupta also announced that the Google Pay Business app is being by over 3 million merchants in India. Meanwhile, Google Pay's Nearby Store feature is used by over 2 million users in India.

14:46 (IST)13 Jul 2020
Ravi Shankar Prasad on the Google For India Digitisation Fund

'Happy to learn that Google is making a huge investment in the Google India digitisation fund', Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications, Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice. "India's moment has arrived in the digital space and I am glad that Google has recognised it", says Prasad.

14:43 (IST)13 Jul 2020
Google for India Digitisation fund: Key highlights

The $10 billion investment that Google plans to pump in India in the next 5-7 years will cover the following areas

*Enable affordable access and information for every Indian in their own language, whether it’s Hindi, Tamil, Punjabi or any other language.

*Building new products and services that are deeply relevant to India’s unique needs.

*Empowering businesses as they continue or embark on their digital transformation.

*Leveraging technology and AI for social good, in areas like health, education, and agriculture.

14:31 (IST)13 Jul 2020
AI tutor app Bolo is rolling out worldwide

Sundar Pichai says Google's AI tutor app Bolo is rolling globally. The app is currently available in 180 countries.

14:27 (IST)13 Jul 2020
Google to invest Rs 75,000 in India over the next 5-7 years

Sundar Pichai has announced the #GoogleforIndia digitisation fund. As part of this fund, Google will invest Rs 75,000 crore ($10 billion)in India over the next 5-7 years.

Today at #GoogleForIndia we announced a new $10B digitization fund to help accelerate India’s digital economy. We’re proud to support PM @narendramodi’s vision for Digital India - many thanks to Minister @rsprasad & Minister @DrRPNishank for joining us.

— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) July 13, 2020

14:24 (IST)13 Jul 2020
Google to invest $10 billion in India: Sundar Pichai

Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday announced a $10 billion investment in Google for India. “Today, I’m excited to announce Google for India fund. Through this effort, we will invest, Rs 75,000 crore, or proximately $10 billion, into India for the next five to seven years. We will do this through a mix of equity investment partnerships and operational infrastructure is a reflection of our confidence in the future of India
investments will focus on four areas important to India’s digitalisation first enabling affordable access and information for every Indian in their own language.

14:21 (IST)13 Jul 2020
Pichai on low-cost smartphones, affordable data

"Thanks to PM Modi's vision for Digital India, the country has made a huge progress in getting a billion Indians online. Low-cost smartphones, combines with affordable data, the world-class telecom structure has paved the way for new opportunities," says Pichai.

14:20 (IST)13 Jul 2020
Sundar Pichai delivers the keynote address

"ndians no more have to wait for technology to come to India," says Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai. "The whole news technologies are happening in India," he said. 

14:11 (IST)13 Jul 2020
India has over 500 million active users in India

Sanjay Gupta, Google India Country Head and Vice President says Google has over 500 million users in India. Gupta says Google has worked in over 50,000 villages to educate users about COVID-19 through its internet Saathi initiative

13:54 (IST)13 Jul 2020
Google for India event will begin shortly

Hello and welcome to Express Technology's live blog of Google for India event. We will be kicking off at 2 pm IST. If you want to watch along live, Google is streaming the event on its YouTube channel. Otherwise, stick around here, and we’ll keep you up to date with the important news.

13:04 (IST)13 Jul 2020
Will Google announce the new Nest Home speaker at the event?

The next-generation Google Home speaker is more or less confirmed. There's no word on when we can expect a release. Some say Google might debut a brand new Google Nest smart speaker during the Google for India event. It's unlikely Google will use this platform to announce the new smart speaker that's meant for the US audience. 

12:11 (IST)13 Jul 2020
Google for India event could focus on India-focused software features

There's a high chance of Google's marque apps and services might get India-centric features. Last year, Google Pay for Business app for merchants was announced. Google also expanded Indian language support across its core products such as Google Assistant, Discover and Lens.

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