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Sundar Pichai's eight steps to Net a billion Indians

By BS Reporter
December 17, 2015 02:39 IST
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A large section of India lives in villages and doesn’t even have access to Internet, but Google chief executive officer Sundar Pichai wants to get a billion Indians online. Here’s what he said in New Delhi on Wednesday:

Better permormance at low speed: Google products will perform better on slow internet services, including 2G cell phone connections; web pages will load faster, leading to 50 per cent traffic hike

Smart maps: Google Maps allowing real-time navigation and searches without a data connection

Offline YouTube: Now, one can watch videos online without an Internet connection, and a new feature from next year will buffer paused videos faster

Railwire: Project to provide free WiFi at 100 stations by next year, connecting 10 million people passing through

Project loon: Balloons in the stratosphere to provide Internet connections in the villages

Internet bikes: Google will work with Tata Trusts to provide Internet bikes in over 300,000 villages in three years. It has already started the project in 1,000

Training plan: Will train 2 million  Android developers over the next 3 years, with 30 universities in partnership with the National Skill Development Corporation

Chromebit: A device to turn a monitor into a computer. To be available in India from Jan, likely to boost computer use in education

Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

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