Google India event showcases new features for India: check them out here

Google unveiled its plans to develop new features for India at the Google for India event. The event was attended by CEO Sundar Pichai and Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronics and Information Technology for Government

At the annual Google for India event, the company announced new features to help make the internet more accessible to Indians. The tech giant talked about its use of AI, better security features in Google Pay, and the possibility of integrating the Files app with the government-created Digilocker service.

“I think artificial intelligence will affect all sectors over time. I’m very excited about how we can use AI to serve our mission at Google. We are increasingly using AI to increase the number of languages ​​we can offer. We are currently working on a powerful AI model to support 1000 languages. AI allows us to bring a multimodal view to Google Search,” said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google.

Top Google Announcements for India

Vaani Project

Google is partnering with the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru for the Vaani project. This project aims to “capture various Indian dialects to build better AI language models”. The project will involve the collection and transcription of open source voice data from all 773 districts of India. This will be possible thanks to the Bhashini project (run by the Indian government). Google aims to develop a “single, unified model capable of handling more than 100 Indian languages ​​in both voice and text”.

New search features

Google also unveiled new search features at the event. Google’s multiple search feature will soon be available in many Indian languages, starting with Hindi. This feature allows users to search images and text simultaneously. For the moment, it is only available in English. Google will also launch a first feature in India in which search results pages will be bilingual (these results will only be displayed to users who prefer bilingual results).

Google will use its “advanced machine learning-based translation models” and “multilingual search technology” for this. This feature has started rolling out in Hindi and will be available in other Indian languages, such as Tamil, Marathi, Telugu and Bengali over the coming year.

Better speech recognition

Google has announced that it will improve its speech recognition technology for Hinglish speakers. The company says the new model “will more effectively understand people who speak Hinglish.” This will be feasible because it will use a new “neural network-inspired speech recognition model that takes into account the individual’s accents, surrounding sounds, context and speaking style”.

File and Digilocker integration

Google is working with the National eGovernance Division (NeGD) to help people access their verified digital documents through the “Files by Google” app on Android. This will be achieved by integrating the same with Digilocker. The tech giant claims that “Documents stored in Files by Google will be in an isolated environment on the device and will only be accessible using single lock screen authentication.” The app can also identify important government documents and place them in a secure folder. This is true for PAN card, Aadhaar card as well as important documents stored on Files app.

Security enhancements for Google Pay

Finally, Google announced the best security features for Google Pay. These features include multi-layered smart warnings to alert users to suspicious activity.

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