|Phenny Lynn Palec |||Dec 17, 2015 05:45 AM EST|
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai has announced that the company is bumping up it;s expansion plans in India. The company plans to hire more engineers and expand its existing facilities in India. On top of that, Google plans to open a "huge" campus in Hyderabad as well as expand its research and development facility located in Bangalore.
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Sundar Pichai, the Indian-born CEO of Google, took the reins of the company in August.
India plays a huge role in Google's expansion in Asia. Google's venture division, Google Capital, recently announced that it will invest $20 million in Indian start-up companies that works on crowd computing. Google's Hyderabad complex is also hiring more engineers who will work on products exclusive for the Indian market.
India has become a vital market for huge tech company. Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft have all expressed interest in the region. India has overtaken the United States as the second largest Internet market. Experts estimate that at the end of the year, there will be more than 400 million internet users in the country.
The most interesting prospect in India is that majority of its 1.2 billion people remain virtually disconnected from the Internet. Furthermore, the Indian government launched the Digital India program in order to increase the masses' access to technology in hopes of driving technology adoption.
In a statement released to the media, Google said, "India is at the center of a digital revolution today, with millions of Indians getting online every month. India has always been key for Google and we continue to work towards evolving our product offerings for the unique needs of our users."
Pichai said that by 2016, India will have more Android users that the United Sates. Google is also partnering with the Indian government in order to create a development arm that will train 2 million developers in India.
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