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Google for India 2018 Higlights: Tez renamed to Google Pay, Samsung Galaxy J2 Core Android Go Edition, Project Navlekha and more

Google for India 2018 Highlights: Tez renamed to Google Pay, Samsung brings 'Android Go' smartphone to India, Support for Marathi language in Google Assistant, Project Navlekha, and more.

Written by Nandagopal Rajan | New Delhi | Updated: August 28, 2018 3:21:11 pm
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Google had a lot of talk about at the fourth edition of ‘Google for India’ event which took place in Delhi. The annual event was high on a number of announcements that aimed at the Indian market. As part of its renewed focus on India, Google is renaming its Tez app to Google Pay, the company’s digital payments app, is currently being used by over 1.2 lakh small businesses. Tez app was launched by Google on September 2017.

To reach out to more users, Google Assistant will now support the Marathi language, in addition to Hindi and English. In addition, seven additional languages will be support to the Assistant in the coming months. In addition, the software giant is also working with the strong 100,000 plus offline Indian language publishers on ‘Project Navlekha’, which allows them to easily start their website and publish on a branded domain with a few simple clicks.

Google Maps is getting a number of new features that are designed for the Indian market. For instance, Google Maps Go is now getting turn-by-turn navigation feature. Previously the feature was missing from the Maps Go, a trimmed version of Google Maps.  Plus, Google Maps is also adding better public transport guidance, which will inform riders of upcoming stops and alerts on when to get off. “And thanks to a new partnership with RedBus — India’s largest inter-city bus ticketing service — more than 20,000 routes and 1,500 cities will also be added for intercity bus journey routes,” the company said.

 

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Google for India 2018 Highlights: Google showcases new services and features during the keynote

12:54 (IST)28 Aug 2018
Google for India 2018 LIVE UPDATES: 'Google Tez' will now be called 'Google Pay'

As expected, Google's Tez has been renamed to 'Google Pay'. Google claims its Tez app has over 20 million monthly active users, and about 750 million transcations have been made so far. By Diwali, users in India will be able to use Google Play in over 150,000 retail locations in the Country.

12:41 (IST)28 Aug 2018
Google for India 2018 LIVE UPDATES: Samsung announces Galaxy J2 Core 'Android Go' edition smartphone

Samsung's first 'Android Go's smartphone is the Galaxy J2 Core. This is the first Android Go edition smartphone from Samsung. Google says 400 plus Android Go edition smartphones to be launched later this year. 

12:33 (IST)28 Aug 2018
Google for India 2018 LIVE UPDATES: Turn by turn navigation now available on Maps Go

Turn by turn navigation is now available on Maps Go, the lite version of Google Maps. Voice navigation is also coming to public transport with get-off alters at your designated station.

12:18 (IST)28 Aug 2018
Google for India 2018 LIVE UPDATES: Google Assistant to be available in Marathi

At the fourth edition of 'Google for India' event, the company announced that the Assistant will now be made available in Marathi. In fact, Google Assistant will support 7 more Indian languages soon. 

12:15 (IST)28 Aug 2018
Google for India 2018 LIVE UPDATES: Google Go gets two brand new features:Bilingual news feed and audio playback

Google Go is getting two brand new features: Bilingual news feed and audio playback of chosen articles. The latter feature supports multiple languages including Hindi, English, Marathi,  Malayalam, among others. 

12:09 (IST)28 Aug 2018
Google for India 2018 LIVE UPDATES: Project Navlekha announced, will help publishers to take content online

Google has announced something called 'Project Navlekha', which according to the company will help publishers to take content online. Project Navlekha will help digitize 135,000 Indian publishers. 

11:55 (IST)28 Aug 2018
Google for India LIVE UPDATES: 50 per cent more Indians are using mobile search every single day

More and more Indians now search on Google to find answers and queries. Over the last 12 months, 50 per cent more Indians doing search on mobile every single day. 

11:32 (IST)28 Aug 2018
Google for India 2018 LIVE UPDATES: Over 270 per cent growth in voice searches in India

Over 270 per cent growth in voice searches in india, claims Google.  The sofware giant expects India language users  to reach 500 million in the next 2 years

11:27 (IST)28 Aug 2018
Google for India 2018 LIVE UPDATES: India has about 390 million monthly active internet users in India

Google's Rajan Anandan says India has over 400 million internet users, out of which 45 percent are women. There's a huge opportunity in India. 

11:12 (IST)28 Aug 2018
Google for India 2018 LIVE UPDATES: The show is set to kick off shortly

Google for India event will begin shortly. We are waiting for Rajan Anandan, Vice President, Sales & Operations, South East Asia and India, at Google India, to take the stage. 

10:36 (IST)28 Aug 2018
Google for India 2018 LIVE UPDATES: Tez app might be renamed to Pay

It's being said that Google might rename its Tez app to Pay and would merge it under the global umbrella of Google Pay. The app uses India's Unified Payment Interface (better known as UPI), a system that's linked to a number of Banks and facilitates digital payments. Google recently announced that its Tez app crossed 50 million downloads. 

09:49 (IST)28 Aug 2018
Google for India 2018 LIVE UPDATES: Focus will be on localised content, features

Google for India 2018 event will heavily focus on bringing local features to the company's existing services, including Maps and Assistant. 

Perhaps the highlight of the event was the announcement related to the Galaxy J2 Core, Samsung's first Android Go Edition smartphone. Google said about 400 Android Go Edition devices will be launched globally towards the end of the year, from 150 OEMs.

Also read: Google for India: Google Tez renamed as Google Pay, app to now offer pre-approved loans

Google is partnering with Andhra Pradesh State FiberNet Limited to bring Google Station to over 12 thousand villages, towns and cities in Andhra Pradesh. The idea is to provide high-quality internet in those areas that have never been connected before.