What you need to know
- Google will be investing ₹75,000 crores ($10 billion) in India over the next five to seven years.
- The company will focus on enabling affordable access to information in local languages and building products and services that are relevant to the unique needs of Indians.
- The search giant also plans to empower small and medium businesses and supporting rural economies.
Google today announced that it will be investing ₹75,000 crores (approximately $10 billion) in India over the coming five to seven years to help boost the country's digital economy. With its new Google for India Digitization Fund, the search giant will focus on four key areas that it believes are crucial for India's digitization.
The primary focus of the new fund will be on enabling access to information on the internet for every Indian in their own language. Second, Google will be creating new products and services that are tailored to the unique needs of Indians. The third area of focus for Google is empowering thousands of small and medium businesses in the country, as they embark on their digital transformation. It also hopes to leverage AI and technology for outbreak predictions, digital literacy, and supporting rural economies across India.
Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google and Alphabet, wrote in a blog post:
From enabling access to empowering businesses to creating new products and services, Sundar Pichai talks about the areas of Google's investment in India's digitisation, at #GoogleForIndia.
Watch the livestream now ➡️ https://t.co/91wWrg5Vom#G4IN pic.twitter.com/RmdfWRUmknFrom enabling access to empowering businesses to creating new products and services, Sundar Pichai talks about the areas of Google's investment in India's digitisation, at #GoogleForIndia.
Watch the livestream now ➡️ https://t.co/91wWrg5Vom#G4IN pic.twitter.com/RmdfWRUmkn— Google India (@GoogleIndia) July 13, 2020July 13, 2020
In addition to the Google for India Digitization Fund, Google also announced that its AI-powered reading tutor app Bolo, which was designed for Indian users, is now rolling out globally as Read Along. Children in 180 countries can now use the app to learn to read in nine languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Hindi.
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