Google’s Go browser can now read articles aloud for you

Back in September previous year, Mountain View-based Internet search giant Google launched Google Tez in India - a UPI-based mobile payments app exclusive to the Indian market.

Keeping in mind that India now has almost 450 million internet users with 390 being active on a monthly basis, the country's data usage has skyrocketed to 8GB per month, which is at par with users in developed nations around the world. The search engine giant announced the rebranding, with additional features and increase in the number of places users can use the platform - online on apps and website, as well as branded retail stores. What's your preferred digital payment service and what are other Google Pay features that you'd like to see in India? "It's the banks that are offering the loans to their customers, we are really a channel for them", he added.

Google Pay, the rebranded version of Tez, has tied up with Federal Bank, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank to offer loans to users. Users can also pull up any web page in English and a range of Indian languages, including Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Malayalam, and Tamil. The new web page reading capability enables the search app to read aloud text in billions of web pages in 28 languages.

Soon after the launch of Google Pay, it accounted for 52 per cent of Unified Payments Interface (UPI) transactions in India in December 2017.

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In addition to Assistant, Google Home will also support Hindi. The biggest announcement of these was that thanks to AI-based tech, Google Go users will now be able to "listen to webpages".

The Google Go app will also get the Google Feed soon. Earlier, Google worked with RailTel to provide free Wi-Fi services at 400 railway stations in India. Sengupta said to bring smaller merchants, they will be run a pilot in Bengaluru and Delhi to understand what which features will work for them better before expanding it in phases in India.

Google Station partnering with Andhra Pradesh State FiberNet Limited to bring high-quality Internet coverage to over 12,000 villages, cities and towns in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Not only is it being replicated across the world, the company has plans of introducing it in Andhra Pradesh to expand its reach to 10 million more people.

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