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Google CEO Sundar Pichai to visit India in December


New Delhi: Since Chennai-born Sundar Pichai took over as Google’s CEO, he would be taking his first overseas trip and plans to visit India later in December.

Sources said Pichai is slated to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee. The 43-year old CEO had met Modi in September during the Prime Minister’s Silicon Valley visit.

The IIT-Kharagpur alumnus is also supposed to hold an open event at the Delhi University for Indian students from all across the country.

Pichai will also be listing Google’s plans for India in his keynote address at a Google for India event, added the sources.

However, a spokesperson from Google India failed to confirm these details.

Apparently, Google will be hosting an event on December 16 for which it has sent out invites. “At Google, we believe that technology can change people’s lives for the better. Indians are coming online at an astonishing rate with affordable smartphones. These new users have a completely fresh view on what the Internet has to offer. Please block your date for an event with Google as we outline our vision for these users,” read the invite.

Google had earlier announced that it will work together with the Indian Railways to make sure 500 stations across India will have free wi-fi access by next year.

Pichai had also stated plans regarding Google incorporating 11 Indian languages in its Android platform, including Gujarati—Pichai’s mother tongue.

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Google to let users shop through Search, Assistant

'Shopping Actions' uses a pay-per-sale model, meaning you only pay when a sale actually takes place

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Now shop with google using a virtual assistant. Wikimedia Commons
  • Google launched a new programme called ‘Shopping Actions’
  • Now users can shop products using the virtual assistant
  • This will make shopping easy for the users

Google announced on Monday the launch of a new programme called “Shopping Actions” that gives users an option to shop products on its virtual assistant and Search with a universal cart from mobile, desktop, or even Google Home device. The programme is open to retailers in the US.

This action will make shopping easier ofr users. Wikimedia Commons

“‘Shopping Actions’ uses a pay-per-sale model, meaning you only pay when a sale actually takes place. ‘Shopping Actions’ appear within the sponsored ‘Shopping Unit’ on the Google Search page and on Google.com/Shopping,” the company wrote in a blog post late on Monday.

In exchange, retailers will reportedly give Google a cut of the profit from each purchase which is different from the usual ad payments retailers made to the company for sponsored listings and will only pay when sales are made.

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“Early testing indicates that the participating retailers on an average see an increase in total conversions at a lower cost, compared to running Shopping ads alone. We have also seen an approximately 30 per cent average increase in basket size for merchants participating in ‘Shopping Actions’,” the company added.

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Google will pay per sale to the retailers. Wikimedia Commons

Mobile searches for “where to buy” grew over 85 per cent in the past two years while 44 per cent of those who use their voice-activated speaker, at least weekly, say they use the device to order products they need like groceries, and household items at least once a week. IANS

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