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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 Launches New Shopping Search Features For Indian Users

Retailers can now also use Merchant Centre to upload product details so they can appear across Google, without paying for ad campaigns, Google said

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Google on Thursday said it launched shopping search features to make the experience more personal and allow users to easily filter through offers, review prices from multiple retailers and find the products they are looking for.

The new experience is available via a “Shopping” home page, shopping tab in Google search and style search in Google Lens, an image recognition mobile app, Google said.

“More than 40 million Indians are coming online every year, and search is an integral part of their online journey,” Surojit Chatterjee, Vice President – Product Management, Google said.

“From seasoned desktop shoppers to first-time users with entry-level smartphones, we hope this new shopping experience will make finding what people are looking for just a little bit easier,” Chatterjee said.

The new “Shopping” home page is a made-to-browse destination for shoppers to search across multiple product categories, and browse products from thousands of retailers.

To make the shopping experience richer, Google said it added smart features like price drops and a collection of the most popular products on the search engine.

The experience will also be available as a Progressive Web App (PWA) for users with entry level phones, Google said.

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The “Shopping Tab” in Google Search will allow users to post queries in Hindi and English and show product lists, local store inventory and review prices from across multiple retailers.

Finally, “Style Search” in Google Lens is an all-new visual approach to find products such as clothes, furniture and home decor by simply pointing the Lens app.

Google also announced the availability of the Merchant Centre in Hindi starting Thursday, besides English.

For retailers, Merchant Centre offers the place to upload store and product data for Shopping ads.

So far, the Merchant Centre has been only available in English.

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Retailers can now also use Merchant Centre to upload product details so they can appear across Google, without paying for ad campaigns, Google said.

“With this launch, our aim is to support the entire retail ecosystem, from shopping sites and large retailers to small local shops, and give them the tools, technology and scale to thrive in today’s digital economy,” Chatterjee said. (IANS)