Google CEO Sundar Pichai addressed a special audience today at his alma mater, IIT Kharagpur.
India has the potential to emerge as a powerhouse in software development, but it will take "a few more years to realise that potential", he said. "I think really we need to bring the prices down, even more, maybe at Dollars 30 level (which means Rs 2,000) for India for entry-level smartphones", he said. Pichai earned his degree from this institute in metallurgical engineering about and was visiting it after 23 years. Pichai also revealed that he was one of the first people to have not been interviewed by Google co-founder Larry Page, adding, "I still joke sometimes that I got a job because Larry didn't interview me". Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam are some of the developed neighbourhood markets. "We are focussed on bringing internet connectivity", Pichai maintained. Yesterday, on 4 January, he announced new solutions for small and medium businesses to bring them online. Also, Google will be conducting 5,000 workshops across 40 cities over the next three years in partnership with FICCI. Something like that doesn't exist in most countries. A certain request was applauded when a student asked if he could change the Google Doodle to the building of IIT Kharagpur for a day. We believe it is important for us to invest in training and equipping these individuals and small businesses to accelerate their journey of growth.
"By definition to do that, you have to be in a global system where you can test yourself in a global marketplace and that's what will help you not just scale in India but beyond India", he explained. Machine learning can help with early detection of diabetic retinopathy, which is key to dealing with it, he said.
Google also launched a premier free mobile app which is created to teach digital marketing skills in an accessible and interactive way. Available for download through the Google Play and iOS app store. Primer also works offline and is now available in English and Hindi with Tamil, Telugu and Marathi versions coming shortly. Till date, over 8 million Indian SMBs are on these platforms.