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Google for India 2019: Major announcements

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Google has announced several updates for its Assistant, Google Pay, Google Station WiFi initiative at its Google for India event 2019 in New Delhi. The company has also opened a new AI research lab in Bengaluru and introduced the new dual credential on completing Google IT support professional certificate and CompTIA A+ certification exams.

Google Station, the company’s WiFi network covering 400 railway stations in the country that has been in the works for the past four years and was completed last May will now be expanding to thousands of public buildings and spaces around India. Google is partnering with BSNL to bring public WiFi to villages in Gujarat, Bihar and Maharashtra.

Google Assistant updates

Following up on their update to Google Assistant from earlier this week, the company also announced that starting today, people in India will simply need to say, “Hey Google, talk to me in Hindi” (or one of the nine Indian languages supported by the Assistant). Alongside this, Google also announced that more Indian languages will be added to its other apps including Discover, Lens and Bolo.Google for India 2019: Assistant, Google Pay, Google AI lab and more Google has also tied up with Vodaphone-Idea to provide a toll-free phone line (000 0800 9191000) that’s supported by Google Assistant, which will enable users on the network to ask several things including weather forecast, sports score updates and traffic conditions. The feature will be available in both Hindi and English.

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Google Pay for Business

The company also announced a new feature for its Google Pay app called Spot platform, which is aimed at assisting businesses to engage their customers within the app. Users will be able to see new experiences when interacting with UrbanClap, Goibibo, MakeMyTrip, RedBus, Eat.Fit and Oven Story who joined the Spot platform through the early access program.Google for India 2019: Assistant, Google Pay, Google AI lab and more Businesses will also be able to post entry-level jobs through Spot. Google is partnering with National Skill Development Corporation to ensure that Skill India students can look for jobs through Spot on Google Pay too.

Another standalone app called Google Pay for Business is also being launched, which will make it easier for small merchants and storefronts to receive payments without the verification process.

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