Google 2021 for India: Paving the way for inclusive growth for India’s digital economy

The digital economy in India has grown with the addition of 2.5X new smartphone users after the pandemic. UPI has touched $3.5 billion in transaction valuation.

Google has prepared the roadmap for its India trip with the 7th Google for India event today. The US-based company reiterated its commitment to use its previously announced $10 billion fund for India in digitization. You can now also use the Google Assistant to schedule an end-to-end COVID-19 vaccination. You can choose the vaccines and slots available with the Google Assistant. Your Aadhaar will be required for registration.

Google also announced that users will now be able to access web pages in their preferred language Currently, it is available in five Indian dialects. 

Half of India’s population is still offline. Google partnered with Jio to reach out to those people and in the process partnered with Jio to bring out the JioPhone Next. JioPhone Next comes with an OS developed by Google called Pragati. It has features like Translate and Read Aloud to help first time internet users. Google is also working on local filters to develop the JioPhone Next smartphone. Google is working to bring more affordable and localized smartphones.

“We are India’s first company to have billions of Indians,” said Sanjay Gupta, VP, Google India. He said that the digital economy in India has grown with the addition of 2.5X new smartphone users after the pandemic. UPI transactions have reached a valuation of $3.5 billion and people are spending 20 percent more time on smartphones.

It has launched Google Career Support to help college graduates with new job opportunities. Last year, Google announced a $10 billion Google for India Digitization Fund to invest in the country’s digital momentum through a mix of equity investments, partnerships and operations, infrastructure and ecosystem investments.