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Google CEO Sundar Pichai will arrive in India today. His visit to India was indeed big news, but we knew he was going to come to India since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tour of the Silicon Valley. Still, there is plenty that the Google CEO is expected to do, the highlight of his visit being hosting ‘Google for India’ event. Pichai is expected to have several talks and discussions about future of technology in India.
The search giant had promised plenty after the PM’s visit to Silicon Valley and those promises might soon become a reality including Google’s collaboration with the Indian Railways to provide Wi-Fi services at 500 stations by next year. In addition, Google also announced that it will enable users to type in 11 Indian languages, including Modi’s mother tongue Gujarati, on the Android platform.
Just after the news about Google CEO’s visit to India surfaced, there were plenty of talks about the next version of Android One being announced. Clearly, Android One has not been a great success as it was ridden with plenty of hiccups. Google seems to be working towards it by recently announcing the next generation of the Android One smartphone in the form of the Lava Pixel V1. Still then, there is plenty of speculation about what Google is planning further for Android One. However, there is plenty of room to grow and Sundar Pichai is expected to talk about this at his ‘Google for India’ event.
The Google CEO will also be addressing and interacting with students on 17 December during the session ‘Ask Sundar’, a session planned in the Delhi University’s Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC).
Also a part of the Google CEO’s visit to India, would be to have talks and discussions with prominent industry leaders and the government. These include discussions with Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, to further discuss the PM’s Digital India initiatives, Japanese tech giant, Hitachi’s Executive Officer Yutaka Saito, Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy and Wipro Chairman Azim Premji, from what we know so far.
And from these discussions, the buzz around the web also states that Google will push for its Project Loon. Google’s Project Loon basically works with a network of balloons travelling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas. It is useful in areas that are struck with natural calamities allowing for a instant internet set ups that can get victims connected when they need it the most.