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Google steps up product focus to drive digital inclusion in India

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The announcements underline Google’s growing focus on product innovations that will help new Internet users in India get easier access to information in Indian languages, create more natural ways for local language speakers to interact with the internet, make the Android experience more helpful, and provide support to India’s small businesses and youth.

Google steps up product focus to drive digital inclusion in India
Google on Thursday announced a slew of new product features and partnerships as part of its efforts to drive digital inclusion in the country. The announcements underline Google’s growing focus on product innovations that will help new Internet users in India get easier access to information in Indian languages, create more natural ways for local language speakers to interact with the internet, make the Android experience more helpful, and provide support to India’s small businesses and youth.
Speaking at the seventh edition of Google for India, Sanjay Gupta, Country Head & Vice President, Google India, said, “Last year, we launched the USD 10 billion Google for India Digitisation Fund. Today’s announcements aim at bridging more gaps and further broadening the inclusive base of India’s digital economy so that the advantages of this crucial transformation are accessible to everyone.”
Google announced the first-ever Google Assistant-enabled, end-to-end vaccine booking flow in India which will guide users through the process of booking a vaccination appointment on the Co-Win website with voice guidance in English and eight Indian languages at each step. This feature will be available in Chrome on Android and will begin rolling out in early 2022.
In order to help local language speakers find high-quality information by translating the best results from across the web, Google launched a new feature in ‘Search’ that will give users an option to access web pages from other languages and view it in their preferred local language.
Expanding voice-driven experiences in local languages, Google launched a global first feature in India that will enable people to hear search results out loud in Hinglish and 5 Indian languages.
It also announced the launch of 100,000 Google Career Certificate scholarships and joins hands with leading companies to drive the hiring of Google certified professionals.
The company also announced a partnership with Central Pollution Control Board to bring the latest Air Quality Information, and with the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) to launch Weather Alerts for extreme climatic conditions. It also joined hands with Sidbi on Rs 110 crore financial assistance program for micro-enterprises.
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