The tech giant, Google laid out its plans on Tuesday at an event in New Delhi to help people save data and get online.
For starters, Google is adapting its apps to handle slower mobile connections and is looking to add more Wi-Fi hotspots across the country. With an expected population of 1.4 billion by 2022, India is a critical market for many tech companies. But only one fifth of the country’s adults have access to the internet often at slow connections.
This poses a challenge and opportunity for Google and its main competitor in the country, Facebook.
Google has announced a new app called YouTube Go developed to work offline or on very poor connections. The app provides users with information on how much data a video might require. That way, they can decide if they want to watch or skip to cut down on phone bills.
YouTube Go will launch first in India, and eventually roll out to other markets.
Google is updating its Chrome browser, Google Play store and News apps to save users data.
Chrome’s Data Saver mode will automatically optimize web pages when 2G-like connections are detected, which could save more than 90% of user data, according to Google. The updated Data Saver mode will also compress MP4 videos now, saving up to 67% of video data.
Google launched a partnership with Indian Railways and RailTel last year to install Wi-Fi access points at more than 50 stations across India. The company wants to build on that progress with a newly created program called Google Station.