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New Delhi, Sep 27, 2017: Building more digital content in regional languages will give a major boost to India’s bid to become a $1 trillion digital economy, Google India said here on Wednesday.

“If we do not allow Internet to build local language elements, I think the story could go completely haywire. There are 400 million Internet users in India and out of those, 234 million are local language users. The number is expected to go to 536 million by 2021,” Chetan Krishnaswamy, Country Head, Public Policy, Google, told reporters on the sidelines of the ‘Indian Mobile Congress (IMC) 2017’ here.

“The industry needs to focus on this aspect and ensure that content in local languages becomes a reality, and the technology and products are optimised to ensure that Internet becomes inclusive. The idea is that it doesn’t only remain for the English-speaking elite,” Krishnaswamy added.

Google has been upbeat about India’s digital economy.

Earlier this month, the company launched “Tez” — its standalone digital payments app that can be downloaded on Android and iOS devices.

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The app was built for India, working on the vast majority of the country’s smartphones and is available in English and seven Indian languages (Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu).

“Our belief is that by 2025, the digital economy would be able to hit $750 billion-1 trillion mark. It is not unattainable. Currently, the digital economy contributes to seven per cent of the GDP and by 2025, it should be around 17 per cent of the GDP,” Krishnaswamy said.

According to a recent report from Google and KPMG India, Indian language users have overtaken English language on the Internet in the country.

Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Bengali and Marathi speaking users have the highest adoption online services, followed by Telugu, Gujarati and Malayalam. (IANS)

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Pay Utility Bills With Google ‘Tez’

After users have linked their account, for most utility bills Tez would automatically fetch any available bills

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Google india launches 'Tz' to help people pay their utility bills. Wikimedia Commons
Google AI to identify speakers from crowd. Wikimedia Commons
  • Now people can pay their bills via Google
  • Google India has launched new app ‘Tez’
  • Through this app, now people can pay utility bills online

Google India on Monday announced that people can now pay water, electricity, DTH and mobile bills with its “Tez” digital payment app without any transaction charges.

Now pay utility bills with google's Tez. Wikimedia Commons
Now, pay utility bills with google’s Tez. Wikimedia Commons

Built on the Unified Payments Interface (UPI), the “Tez” app will bring bill payments for over 80 billers for private and public utility service providers across the country.

“We are adding a specially-designed bill pay experience in ‘Tez’ which will enable users to make a wide range of bill payments, including electricity, water, gas, DTH and insurance from the app,” said Diana Layfield, Vice President, Payments and Commerce, Next Billion Users at Google.

The new bill pay feature would include major utilities like Reliance Energy, BSES and Dish TV and would cover all states and major metros.

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Built to support “Bharat BillPay” system, “Tez” would send users a notification when their bill arrives and users would be able to check whether they have paid a bill by simply tapping the biller’s name on their “Tez” home screen.

Users would also be able to view all past payments grouped by bill, as well as manage bills from multiple accounts.

Customers can now pay bills using that app. Pixabay
Customers can now pay bills using that app. Pixabay

Once users have located their biller, they need to enter the number associated with their account to link it to the app and give it an easy name to remember.

After users have linked their account, for most utility bills, the app would automatically fetch any available bills. Users need to just tap on “New Payment” and then “Pay your bills”. IANS