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Google CEO: Emerging Market Like India Needs $30 Smartphone

Google CEO:  Emerging Market like India needs $30 Smartphone

(Photo : Facebook) Google CEO Sundar Pichai talked about initiatives to get more small businesses online, the pace of change in India, the impact of increasing protectionism across the world, and the importance of India for Google in an interaction.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai stressed on Wednesday in an interaction with ET's Surabhi Agarwal and TV Mahalingamthe about the real need of a $30 smartphone in an emerging market like India.

From Google's perspective, the tech giant wants to bring the Android to everyone as it has previously shown that smartphone devices can be as cheap as $100 with the Android One program. But Google wants to drop the price even more to $30.

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"Hopefully, we can all push and make $30 smartphones happen. Better connectivity is beginning to happen when I look at all the telecom announcements coming through in India. I wish there was better fibre infrastructure in India," Pichai told The Economic Times.

In another interview with NDTV, Pichai noted that the goal is possible with two things, one is from Google's commitment to making even cheaper smartphones, and pursuing high-quality smartphones at that price point will unlock it even more.  

However, if the main goal is to connect as many people as possible, then offering an extremely cheap device is only a part of the problem. Strong connection to the rest of the world relies on stable networks, thus apps should start offering offline services or those that could adapt to slower internet, according to Mashable. For instance, Google's YouTube Go app allows offline viewing for its users.

Pichai also spoke about initiatives to get more small businesses online, the pace of change in India, the impact of increasing protectionism across the world, and the importance of India for Google.

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