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Google to offer free Wi-Fi in smart cities; launches host of India-first services

December 06, 2017

Google has planned to expand its free Wi-Fi services beyond railway stations to include entire cities.

The company has already connected 227 railway stations in India through Google Stations and plans to go beyond railway stations to entire smart cities. In addition, Google has already deployed services in a couple of smart cities in India and Indonesia.

Pune will be the first beneficiary in India to receive free connectivity across the city from Google Stations initiative. While Google Stations will not be monetised, the company is testing advertisement and paid upgrades to create a sustainable model for Google Stations.

Google India has also announced a slew of India-first products and features built especially for the ever-growing base of Indian internet users.

As part of its offerings, Google has launched two-wheeler navigation in Google Maps, bill pay in payments app Tez, Android Oreo (Go edition) to improve the experience on low-RAM phones. Further, new apps like Google Go and Files Go that are built from scratch, and Google Assistant for the Jio Phone.

These products and features are India-first, but they are not India-only. Google’s payments application Tez, will offer a customized experience to pay bills. Not only will users be able to pay their utility bills, the app will also remind users when a bill is due, track payments and store payment history so that repetition is avoided.




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