Google and Microsoft were among some of the largest technology giants that pledged their support to PM Modi’s Digital India initiative. Several new and exciting updates were announced, which were in sync with Digital India vision.
The two major updates from Google, which were shared by their CEO Sundar Pichai during his meeting with PM Modi:
Android Will Have 11 Regional Languages:
In order to increase the usage of smartphone among non-English speaking population, Google will now provide Android OS in 11 regional languages of India. Although details were not shared regarding which languages are included, but Sundar made sure to include the Prime Minister’s mother tongue Gujarati.
Internet Across 400+ Railway Stations: Largest public WiFi Project In India:
Sundar Pichai, officially announced the WiFi project via blog, where he said that Google, along with RailTel will provide Internet access to 10 million passengers a day. To start with, they will roll out high speed Internet via WiFi across 100 stations by the end of 2015; which would be later expanded to 400 railway station.
“We are working on many connectivity projects, including bringing connectivity to railway stations in India,” said Google CEO Sundar Pichai. The company plans to launch WiFi hot spots at 500 Indian railway stations.
RailTel already has coverage of 63,500 kms of rail track, across 5000 railway stations; They have already laid fiber network across 32,500 kms, and work is in progress for 29,500 kms now.