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Google pledges to support start-ups in India: Sundar Pichai

Google is committed to supporting Indian companies in creating technology for the global market, said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google’s parent company, Alphabet.

Speaking at the 19th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit (HTLS), Pichai said the company wanted to partner with Indian start-ups and entrepreneurs to create products like Google Pay, which originated in the country, but who now lead the company’s payments business around the world.

“Understanding the digital payments journey in India with UPI (Unified Payment Interface), we have invested in Google Pay. The foundation of that experience is what is making its way to other markets around the world,” said Pichai.

The focus is not only on the evolution of Google’s products, but also on helping transform other industries, the Madurai-born CEO said.

Google last year pledged $ 10 billion to the Indian Digitization Fund and wants to continue helping Indian businesses “solve new things,” Pichai said.

According to the CEO, Google plans to contribute to the Indian tech industry by funding and collaborating with technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI).

“We want to provide Indian companies with AI, technologies and platforms, so that they can develop their ideas and reach more users,” he said, adding that the collaboration would help people. to be exported outside India.

Pichai spoke about the Android mobile operating system and Google’s cloud services, which are used by many Indian companies to deploy their services and products.

Google is working on the design of a high-quality, affordable smartphone that will meet the needs of the domestic market, he said.

Last month, Reliance launched the JioPhone Next, a budget Android smartphone made by Jio Platforms and Google. The phone uses the Pragati operating system, an “extremely optimized” operating system with features such as screen translation into 10 Indian languages.

Calling it a huge effort to locate deals to meet India’s needs, Pichai said the whole process takes a long time and its impact on the market may not be instantaneous.

“Something like this usually takes a long time to unfold, but the impact is significant because it profoundly affects the ability of many people to access a digital journey. Hopefully this will be an accelerator for Digital India’s vision, ”he said.

On regulations, Pichai said countries should take a holistic view while balancing laws and open internet, adding that Google is committed to complying with necessary IT regulations across the world.

(Edited by : Thomas abraham)


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