Google has announced the 7th edition of its Google for India event 2021. The event was held virtually on November 18, 2021. The event emphasizes making the internet safer for a billion Indians and empowering the country to become a leading digital economy.
Google for India 2021 highlights:
a.Features to Search results out loud: Google has announced a global-first feature in India that will let users hear search results out loud i.e. the feature will enable people to hear by simply asking Google Assistant to read out the search results.
b.Google rolled out Pay-via-Voice feature in Google Pay, which will allow transfer of money directly to your bank accounts using voice command. This feature will be available to all users.
c.Support vaccination booking on CoWin:
i.Google announced its support of voice-assisted bookings for vaccinations on the COWIN platform with the help of the Google Assistant.
- The voice based feature was included as in India voice queries are used twice the global average and that most Indians prefer to talk to the Assistant in their language.
ii.This feature will work in English and 8 Indian languages including Hindi, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu. It will be executed in early 2022.
d.Google Search in local languages:
i.Google Search was now enabled to show results in more Indian local languages, especially when a user searches in their language, instead of showing results in English on top.
ii.The new feature will ensure that Google Search translates those English pages into local languages and then displays them to the user even if the page was not originally written in the same.
iii.Currently, the feature is rolled out in 5 Indian languages including Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam, with support for more languages coming soon. It can be accessed on any mobile browser that supports Google Search.
e.Google Pay with My shop and Hinglish feature:
i.Google has added the My Shop feature to Google Pay. The tool will be available to merchants using Google Pay for Business app to help them ‘digitise’ their journey.
ii.Google Pay also gets the option of using Hinglish for the app’s language settings.
- Hinglish is a conversational hybrid of Hindi and English, which is often used in large parts of India.
f.Mitra program in partnership with Armaan:
Google partnered with non-profit Armaan for Mitra program in partnership to help benefit women who are pregnant and very often lack access to basic healthcare. With AI, the program can pinpoint who is more at risk, and make sure they access the service better.
- In India, one woman dies every twenty minutes during childbirth.
g.Google Career Certificate:
i.The company announced strengthening of the Google Career Certificate program to help more people acquire new digital skills.
ii.Google is collaborating with NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Service Companies) Foundation, Tata STRIVE, and Safeducate to identify underserved learners across India for a free enrolment to a Google Career Certificate of their choice.
Note – Union Minister of Education Dharmendra Pradhan participated in the event along with Rajeev Chandrashekhar, Union Minister of State at Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeITY).
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