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Modi in the US: Google, Microsoft, Apple and Qualcomm To Support Digital India Initiative
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the heart of Silicon Valley, is no wonder a midas touch by NaMo to take his Digital India ambitions forward. Needless to say that his visit was surrounded with a lot of fanfare and expectations from public and media alike.
NaMo was at his level best, while meeting execs from top technology companies based in the Valley, churning some great one liners.
"There are so many countries which do not know where to invest their money. Here's the address - come, #MAKEININDIA!" quoted Modi, while talking about his Make In India plans. Rather the Digital India and Make In India plans run hands on hand.
However Modi's visit to the Valley wasn't charred with only ‘talk' rather the Indian delegates are indeed taking back a no of concrete positives from the visit.
Google vows to setup 500 WiFi enabled Railway Stations
It wasn't too hard to believe that the newly appointed Indian origin Google CEO definitely has something cooking for Modi's ambitious plans.
During NaMo visit to the Google's headquarters, Pichai made an announcement which would possibly bring smiles to many a people in India, if properly implemented. According to a company statement Google will work with Indian Railways and RailTel to bring high-speed Wi-Fi to 100 of the busiest stations in India before the end of 2016. It will eventually expand this scheme to cover an additional 300 stations.
"Even with just the first 100 stations online, this project will make Wi-Fi available for the more than 10 million people who pass through every day," Pichai said in a statement. The public Wi-Fi project will be the largest in India and among the biggest in the world when ranked by the number of potential users, he said.
Apple’s ‘Pehle App’ initiative
Despite showing little interest in Modi's Make In India plans, Apple CEO Tim Cook was rather enthusiastic about the ‘Pehle App' plan that the delegates brought forward. ‘Pehle App' encourage development of applications in India for Apple products. This fits well into Modi's entrepreneurship mantra for India youth.
India dearth of app developers was pretty evident from the statistics that Google brought forward while launching their Program Nanodegree a few days back.
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Broadband coverage in 5L villages courtesy Microsoft
In an attempt to support the government's twin initiatives - Digital India and Make In India - Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella announced the company ambitious plans of providing low cost broadband coverage to 5 lakh India villages. This will not only empower the youth with knowledge, but will also garner more business prospects for the company.
"We believe that low-cost broadband connectivity coupled with the scale of cloud computing intelligence that can be harnessed from data can help drive creativity, efficiency and productivity across governments and businesses of all sizes," the first Indian-American Microsoft CEO said.
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Qualcomm to invest $150 million in Indian Mobile Tech Startups
Mobile Chip designer Qualcomm too was interested to join the government Digital India bandwagon as the company's Venture capital division decided to invest $150 million to foster innovation in Mobile Technology and Internet of Everything (IoE) space.
With the Indian startup scenario booming along with a supporting govt, Qualcomm believed that it was the perfect time to set their foot on the gas pedal. Qualcomm's associated with India isn't new though. The company already owns a R&D unit in Bengaluru along with a 20 odd investments in Indian tech startups.
Further Qualcomm plans to introduce ‘Design in India' initiative which aims to drive innovation product design creation in the country. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 v2.0 mobile SoC which is popularly used in mid-range smartphones of present day was entirely built in India at its R&D unit in Bengaluru.
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Google Keyboard to come with 10 Indian language
Well aware of the fact that building WiFi enabled railway stations is a time consuming affair, Google as a sign of instant gratification Google announced its plan of launching typing in 10 different Indian languages worldwide from next month onwards.
Sundar Pichai stated that giving the ability to type in their own mother tongue, would help to garner widespread education and knowledge among young and elders alike.
Microsoft to start its Cloud Services operating from India based Data Centres
As an icing on the cake Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella too opted for the instant gratification scheme, as he announced that the Redmond giant would be launching their availability of its Cloud Services operating from India's own data centre next week in the country. This is quoted a big milestone in the history of Microsoft.
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