Google To Launch Railtel Wi-Fi On Jan 2016; Train 2 Mn Android Developers

Google-To-Launch-Railtel-Wi-Fi-On-Jan-2016;-Train-2-Mn-Android-DevelopersUnveiling ‘Google for India’ event, Google announced launching Railtel Wi-Fi on January, 2016, expanding Hyderabad campus and training 2 million new Android developers.

Speaking at “Google for India” event in New Delhi, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and his team of Google product leads outlined the latest steps in the company’s strategy for bringing more Indians online and giving them a great experience when they get there.

“Mobile has proven to be a great equalizer, giving access to computing to a billion more people and counting. But there are fundamental questions around how to ensure a truly inclusive, open Internet for everyone,” said Pichai.

“We are here to talk about our journey — about where we’ve come from, where we are, and where we are going to help everyone get as much from the Internet as you and I have,” added Pichai.

Google is working with Indian Railways and Railtel to launch RailWire Wi-Fi, providing free Wi-Fi in railway stations. Mumbai Central will be the first to go online in January 2016, with 100 more on the way.

Marian Croak, vice president, Access Strategy & Emerging Markets said, “Railways are the backbone of Indian transportation and run through the heart of almost every city, town, and village uniting the country. These lines connect India, and working as partners, Google and RailTel will connect India along digital lines as well.”

Second, Google is making Google products work better for Indians. The “lighter” version of search results and webpages have been a success, with much faster loading times and increased traffic for publishers.

Tamar Yehoshua, vice president, Product Management for Search said, “We take the responsibility of connecting people with the information they need and recognize just how much this can make their lives better in big and small ways.”

Google has created a new virtual keyboard that makes it easy to type in 11 Indian languages. Google recently launched a feature in Google Maps called Offline Maps that allows real-time navigation of roads and searches for locations without a data connection.

Jen Fitzpatrick, vice president, Product Management for Google Maps said, “Offline Maps is a feature we expect to be useful around the world, and countries like India will truly benefit when it comes to accessing Google Maps with expensive, slow or limited connectivity. In fact, India is one of the top five countries that has the most people using offline maps today.”

Caesar Sengupta, vice president, Google’s Next Billion initiatives said, “Our most active users in India translate between Hindi and English multiple times a day, spending lots of time copying messages from friends or colleagues, translating them, writing responses, translating their responses, and then pasting them back into an app. With Tap to Translate you can copy text anywhere on your Android phone and instantly get the translation, right then and there — without ever leaving the app. No more copy/paste, no more app switching, just instant translations.”

Third, Google wants to make it easier for Indians to build on top of Google’s global platforms like Android and Chrome to build solutions to local problems.

Google announced a program to train two million new Android developers over the next three years by working closely with more than 30 universities across the country in partnership with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).

Jason, vice president, Engineering of the Developers Product Group said, “We’re already seeing incredible growth in the number of developers in India, and our forecasts indicate that this is growth is not going to slow down anytime soon. At Google, we’re committed to providing access to tools that empower developers to be successful.”

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