Google is betting big on India as the tech behemoth unveiled five new products on Tuesday specifically tailored for users in the world's second-largest Internet market—including one designed to bring free Wi-Fi to the world.
The new India offerings include new video app YouTube Go, the Google Assistant in Hindi inside messaging app Allo, data-saving features on Chrome and faster browsing for Google Play on 2G connections.
But it was a new Wi-Fi network called Google Station that grabbed headlines. In India, Google has already partnered with Indian Railways' telecom arm RailTel to provide Wi-Fi across railway stations nation-wide Now, Google has plans to roll out more hotspots.
Google Station will essentially offer carriers, system integrators and venues an easy way to set up high-quality Wi-Fi to "provide more people in India fast, reliable, and safe Wi-Fi in more of the places where they spend time, like malls, transit stations, and cafes," the firm said in a statement on Tuesday.
On the website accompanying the Indian launch, Google announced that it was looking to seal deals with partners around the world.