In India and similar developing countries in Southeast Asia and Africa, Google expects the Next Billion Users to go online. Given the different environments, the company optimizes and creates new products that meet these requirements. Today, Google has announced and expanded a number of india-specific features, including Station, Google Go, Assistant and more.
Google's announcements this year focused on three goals, starting with a base level of "harnessing the Internet for more Indians." Google Station is expanding from a city's original train stations and key areas to villages and towns , Ten million people in the state of Andhra Pradesh have access to high-quality Internet access.
Google Station is a partner of Andhra Pradesh State FiberNet Limited, which covers over 12,000 villages and towns in the state of Andhra Pradesh and potentially reaches tens of millions of people. This will provide high-quality Internet access for areas that have never been connected before, from hospitals to villages.
Google's text-to-speech feature, which reads web pages through natural language processing and speech synthesis, launches today. It reflects how new users coming online prefer to hear articles about reading text. It supports 28 languages, including Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Marathi and Tamil.
This new functionality is related to Google's next goal of making products more relevant to Indian users. In essence, this means that they are provided with more content in the Indian language, which currently covers only one percent of the content available in English.
In collaboration with Indian news publishers, Google's Navlekhā project uses an AI tool, "render PDF", to break Indian language content into editable text so that print publishers can easily create mobile-friendly web content.
In addition, it provides free web hosting with AdSense support to publishers in the Indian languages so they can start monetizing their content right away, and publishers will also receive training and support and a branded .page domain for the first three years.
In Apps, Google Feed can display messages from both English and Hindi, and determine the types of stories users prefer. Google Assistant will add support for Marathi and seven other Indian languages in the future, and Google is now adding language tests to India Third-party apps such as Where Is My Train, Airtel, and Hello English.
The ultimate goal coincides with the renaming of Tez to Google Pay, whose functions are underway the rest of the world "to carry the best of India to the rest of the world."
We believe that many of the innovations and F functions that we have developed with Tez will also work in other countries. To bring Tez beyond India, we will standardize all of Google's payment offerings worldwide. In a first step, Tez will now be called Google Pay.
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