At the second edition of its signature Google for India event, Google has announced five new products that are tailored for expanding access to the internet for Indian users. These comprise new products built specifically for India, such as YouTube Go, the Google Assistant in Hindi for Allo, faster browsing for Google Play on 2G connections, as well as new, global platforms inspired by the needs of Indian users such as the Google Station WiFi platform and new data-saving features in Google Chrome for mobile.
Caesar Sengupta, Vice-President, Next Billion Users, stated that Google is working to provide a better and more inclusive online experience for Indian users in three areas – namely, in access to the internet; in platforms, which allow people and developers share through and build upon the Internet; and in products, which provide better and more relevant Google experiences for Indians.
He said, “Our goal has not just been to help more Indians get online — but also to help Indians create the online experience they want; one that serves their needs and enables them to have an impact on the entire world. So we have been thinking about how to build products and services for this wave of new users — products that work for any level of connectivity, in local Indian languages, and across the devices that are most frequently used in India.”
Broadly speaking, the following products were announced at the event-
You Tube Go
You Tube Go is the new YouTube mobile app, designed and built from insights gathered from India. The new YouTube Go app is completely reimagined from the ground up for the next generation of YouTube users. The app allows users to save and watch videos smoothly even in poor connectivity; gives them transparency and control over how much data they consume on videos; and allows them to preview videos first and choose the video’s file size before they save it offline to watch later. They can also share videos easily with friends and family nearby, without using any data at all.