Yesterday, at the Google For India conference held in New Delhi, the search engine giant announced a slew of new features tailored especially for the Indian market.
These new features include YouTube Go, support for the Hindi language in Google Allo, faster browsing for Google Play on 2G connections, data-saving features in Google Chrome and Google Station.
Google's vice-president, Caesar Sengupta commented that "we want to expand to new venues, like cafes and malls, to help more people get online, and we're looking for strategic and forward-thinking partners to work with on this effort."
So without any further delay let's take a closer look at all these new features individually.
India is known for its slow internet speed and expensive data packs. Keeping this in mind, Google has announced a new app which goes by the moniker YouTube Go.
Essentially, it is a video streaming app tailored for the Indian market, meaning it'll work even on slow internet connections.
This app also allows you to download videos (save for offline view) in different quality formats to watch them offline at any point of time.
Google Assistant will help you in Hindi soon
Google Product Manager, Amit Fulay, announced at the event that "a preview of the Google Assistant will be launched in Hindi by the end of 2016."
For the unknown, Google Assistant is a virtual assistant (similar to Apple's Siri) powered by AI. It is integrated into the company's recently launched Allo app to assist you in getting things done quickly.
Faster browsing for 2G users
Unlike urban parts of the country, many of the villages in India don't have access to high-speed internet connections. Keeping this in mind, the search engine giant will soon allow its users to download apps even on low bandwidth connections like 2G networks.
Also, Google Play will offer a new option called Wait for Wi-Fi where the app will be installed only after the phone connects to Wi-Fi.
Data Saver Feature for Google Chrome
The already existing Chrome's data saver mode that reduces the amount of data it uses on Android smartphones, computers and Chromebook will now support MP4 videos as well. It is claimed to reduce up to 67% of video data. Additionally, it will optimise web pages when it detects 2G network to load pages up to 2 times faster.
Earlier this year, Google partnered with RailTel and Indian Railways to offer free Wi-Fi at Railway stations in India.
Taking this project further, Google announced Google Station, a public Wi-Fi platform, which offers Wi-Fi hotspots at a public place like malls, cafes, and bus stops to provide free internet by partnering with various organisations.