Google Pay grows even stronger by absorbing India-first digital wallet Tez

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Google's focus towards India was reiterated in its yearly event, Google for India 2018, earlier today.

Additionally, the most commonly spoken Indian languages will be supported by Google Go's new feature for listening to webpages, as well, including Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Marathi, and Tamil.

Google Assistant to now support popular local apps.

In the coming weeks, Google Pay is also looking to bolster its partnerships with big Indian offline retailers including the likes of Big Bazaar, e-Zone, and FBB.

In another India first launch, Google introduced a campaign planning tool inside Google Ads that allows advertisers to plan reach-based video campaigns at national level with sub geo targeting across 36 sub regions and 6 top Metros.

Now supports Marathi, with seven more Indian languages coming soon.

Google is rebranding and beefing up its Indian payments app Tez ahead of plans to roll it out to other countries.

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Google says that it hopes to bring website dictation to other products in the future, so be on the lookout for more uses of this technology.

Google launched the Tez app in India previous year and since then over 55 million people have downloaded the app and more than 22 million people and businesses actively use the app for digital transactions every month. Google has tied up with Indian smartphone makers like LAVA, Micromax, Nokia and Transsion to create Android Go smartphones at much affordable prices. Tez alone handed $30 billion in transaction value, facilitating over 750 million transactions.

Voice search has grown by 270% year-over-year in India.

Google Go's reading capability uses natural language processing and speech synthesis artificial intelligence to identify which important portions of a web page to read out loud. They're also building something called the "merchant experience" so that businesses can find more customers through Google Maps and customised notifications.

The company has also partnered with RedBus to offer better public transport information on Maps.

Google has also announced the next round of its free Wi-Fi project 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. The company has partnered with local Andhra Pradesh State FiberNet Limited to reach nearly 10 million people.

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