News and Notes from Google India
Pay for all the Google Play apps, games, and content you love with your Idea Cellular Account
May 5, 2016
Good news if you’re on Idea Cellular: you can now pay for your favorite apps, games, and books on
— from Candy Crush to World Cricket Championship 2, Chota Bheem, and apps like Nova Launcher—directly with your Idea account, no credit card required. You can purchase any app or in-app feature on the Google Play Store and charge the cost directly to your existing phone credit. No matter if you are on a Prepaid or Postpaid plan, your Google Play purchases are just deducted from your monthly bill or prepaid balance with Idea Cellular.
You won’t need any additional software or a credit card. When you make a purchase, just choose "bill my Idea Cellular Account" on the prompt in the store. Google Play keeps your account information safe, so this is a new, secure way to buy digital content with your phone. If you have chosen a post-paid plan you will see your purchases on your billing statements labelled easily under “Google Play purchases.”
This collaboration with Idea Cellular is the first time Google Play has offered direct carrier billing in India. Like with
lower minimal pricing
, we hope to make it easier for people to pay for the content they want on Google Play. And we also hope that this will help nurture the developer ecosystem in India, so that developers can grow their businesses on Google Play connecting to Indian customers.
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Posted by Kunal Soni, Head of Business Development for Google Play, India and Southeast Asia
India’s latest Web Rangers wow us with their tips to stay safe online
May 4, 2016
Last year we
kids from all around India to become Web Rangers—guardians of the Internet galaxy, who help us spread the word about staying safe online. We were blown away by their ideas and the creativity behind all the sketches, videos and apps that we received. Now’s the time to meet the five winners. Drumroll please…
Web Ranger #1
Have you heard of the grandma rule?
explains it like this: If you think your grandma won’t like it, don’t post it! This is just one of her many tips to keep the Internet a friendly place for everyone in the form of a colorful
Web Ranger #2
puts her reason to rhyme with some simple steps to protect each and every one of us on the net:
Never reveal your home address or personal details,
Never share your password and sign out from emails.
Be very careful when you share your photos,
Never allow illegal downloads!!
Web Ranger #3
that teaches you how to spot fake logos. Bogus logos are often a sign of a phishing site. These are websites that try to trick you into giving them your personal details or other confidential information such as credit card numbers.
Did you think “123456” was a good password? Think again. Web Ranger #4 and vlogger
teaches us that this is in fact of the most common passwords used on the Internet and can be hacked instantly. He shares four tips on how to create strong passwords —
show that one of them could take up to 49 quindecillion years to hack!
“Mr. Two Faces” is a catchy tune sung by Web Ranger #5
to remind us to switch on our privacy settings for our online accounts. This helps us stay safe from bad guys on the Internet who try to steal our personal details.
A big thank you to everyone who shared with us their brilliant ideas and campaigns to teach others about online safety. With Web Rangers like you out there in the community, we’re confident the Internet will be a better place for everyone.
Posted by Sunita Mohanty, Director, Trust and Safety at Google
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New Chromecast and Chromecast Audio now available in India
April 20, 2016
Chromecast first launched in India in 2014
, many people have enjoyed the ease of casting movies, shows and music from their phones straight to their TVs. Today, the new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio are ready to enjoy.
has a fresh design and is easier to plug into TVs with crowded HDMI ports. It supports the latest Wi-Fi standards and adapts more easily to changing Wi-Fi conditions in your home, so you get higher quality video with less buffering. We added two new colors so you can cast in style while watching content from your favourite entertainment apps including Netflix, Hooq, Eros Now and YouTube.
The new Chromecast will be available on several marketplaces including Flipkart, Snapdeal, Paytm and retailers like Reliance and Croma for 3,399 INR.
is a small device that plugs into your existing speakers so you can stream your favourite music, radio and podcasts over Wi-Fi. It works with tons of apps, including Saavn and Wynk Music. Just like Chromecast, it works from anywhere in your home with your favourite devices, including Android, iOS, and laptops.
Chromecast Audio will be available from several marketplaces including Flipkart, Snapdeal, Paytm and retailers like Reliance and Croma for 3,399 INR.
We’ve also updated the
to make it easier for you to find great things to watch or listen to—available through the Cast-enabled apps already installed on your phone. We’ll also suggest more Cast-enabled apps and games that you might like to try out. With thousand of Cast-enabled apps to choose from, we’re sure that you’ll find a new favourite TV series to binge on in no time.
Posted by Mickey Kim, Head of Asia Pacific Partnerships, Chromecast and TV
High-speed public Wi-Fi rolls into nine more train stations across India
April 15, 2016
If you’re one of the 1.5 million people who travel through
train stations everyday, you’re in luck! While you wait for your train, you can now look forward to free high-speed Wi-Fi to hopefully make that wait a bit more enjoyable and productive.
These nine stations join the
first we brought online in January, Mumbai Central
, where more than 100,000 people are already logging into the high-speed Wi-Fi every week. We hope that people passing through these first 10 stations will enjoy being able to easily stream (or offline) an HD video, research their destination, or download a book or a new game for their journey ahead.
Here are a few shots around some of the stations that are now online:
It’s still early days, but we’re really happy about this progress towards
making high-speed Wi-Fi available to more than 10 million Indians every day
. In the months ahead, we’ll continue to work in close partnership with Indian Railways and RailTel, to reach 90 more stations this year, and eventually 400 spanning the whole of India.
Here you can see where we’re at on the journey. The stations that now have Wi-Fi are in bold, the additional markers show the rest of the stations we plan to reach this year:
Watch this space for updates as we expand this service, hopefully reaching a station near you soon.
Posted by Gulzar Azad, Head of Access Project, Google India
T-Series shining bright like a Diamond
April 15, 2016
[Cross posted from the
Official Google APAC Blog
India’s most popular music channel
just hit 10 million subscribers! They’re one of the few YouTube channels globally to reach this level, and to acknowledge it, they’ll be awarded a nifty
Diamond Play Button
for their trophy case. On the way, T-Series has gained more than 7.7 billion views, with more than 400,000
How did they get here, you ask?
Since T-Series started their YouTube channel in 2011, they’ve
embraced the change in the way people listen to music, in part by adapting their content for people across a spectrum of connectivity. For example: for people who worry about data consumption, they make
lyric-and-audio-only videos, or tracks with album art. Of course, they also have high definition music videos for those who want that option. Their focus on multiple formats has helped them spread a wider net across their audiences. T-Series has also built a strong base of loyal fans by staying in conversation with them on social media.
T-Series also recognize that anybody, anywhere can be a fan of their music. By putting their music on YouTube’s global platform, they have reached viewers worldwide. In fact, adding subtitles and lyric videos have helped them drive a viewership where more than 60% of views are from overseas.
T-Series has also used YouTube as a place to spot new talent.
are two musicians who started on YouTube that T-Series signed and are now established singing stars. In 2014 T-Series held a cover song contest, from which they
on YouTube, who went from singing in her bedroom in New Zealand to
performing on the stage of YouTube FanFest in Mumbai
To celebrate their diamond milestone, we thought we’d look back at some of their
most popular videos of all time
Dheere Dheere Se Meri Zindagi Video Song (OFFICIAL) Hrithik Roshan, Sonam Kapoor | Yo Yo Honey Singh
With over 100 million views, this video was an exclusive web release and brings together one of the most popular rap artists of India, Honey Singh with movie superstars Sonam Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan. It was remixed recreated to celebrate 25 years of
, a classic movie from the 90s which was co-produced by T-Series and is among the most popular Bollywood music soundtracks of all time.
“Tum Hi Ho" Aashiqui 2 Full Song With Lyrics | Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha Kapoor
Bollywood is not just about hip-busting dance numbers: this soulful melody is a love song about a lover’s plea and shares how life is about “just you.”
was released in 2013 as a follow-up to the 1990 hit movie
"Subha Hone Na De Full Song" | Desi Boyz | Akshay Kumar | John Abraham
This smash hit is the most popular song from the film
and have ruled party airwaves since its release in 2011. It features A-list Bollywood stars like Akshay Kumar, John Abraham and Deepika Padukone.
Posted by Tony Elison, Head of Music Partnerships for YouTube Asia-Pacific, who recently watched
BOL DO NA ZARA Video Song
Google releases new traffic alerts on Google Maps
April 14, 2016
Summer is here and for many of us that means heading out for a road trip to the nearest hill station. The only thing that might slow you down? Traffic. Luckily, Google Maps can help you find the most ideal route to your destination with the least delays. Just in time for you to hit the road, we’ve updated Google Maps with new traffic alerts to help you avoid jams.
Now when you input your destination, you’ll get a spoken alert for upcoming traffic conditions that helps you identify the quickest route. While you’re on the road, Google Maps will give you a heads up if congestion lies ahead, and how long you’ll be stuck in a jam. You’ll also get the option to take alternate routes, including explanations for why one is recommended—whether it’s the fastest or just avoids traffic.
Once you’re in
on your Android or iOS mobile, you’ll see these updates automatically.
Whether you’re headed out of town this summer, or staying closer to home, Google Maps is here to smooth the way to your destination.
Posted by Sanket Gupta,
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Get your favorite places on the map with Local Guides
April 7, 2016
Looking for a quiet weekend getaway with family, planning a night out with friends, or exploring a new neighbourhood coffee shop - picking the right place to go to can be tough. To help make these decisions easier, we’ve recently expanded the
program in India on Google Maps. The Local Guides feature gives you the chance to share your discoveries and experiences directly to the map, making it more useful and easier for everyone.
We held our first ever India Local Guides event in Bangalore on April 6th and
Guides join a global community of people that are exploring the world and making Google Maps more useful for everyone while at the same time earning perks.
Every place a Local Guide contributes to on Google Maps earns them points towards unlocking something new—from early access, to new products, to exclusive contests and event invites, to bonus Drive storage, and more.
You can earn points and level up by writing reviews, uploading photos, adding new places, fixing outdated information, and answering simple questions. Each contribution type is worth one point, so you can earn up to five points per place.
The more you contribute as a Local Guide, the more benefits you’ll enjoy. Here’s an overview of what you’ll unlock at each level:
Level 1 (0 - 4 points):
Enter exclusive contests (think new Google devices!) in select countries.
Level 2 (5 - 49 points):
Get early access to new Google products and features.
Level 3 (50 - 199 points):
Show up in the Google Maps app with your official Local Guides badge.
Level 4 (200 - 499 points):
Receive a free 1 TB upgrade of your Drive storage, allowing you to keep all the stories, photos, and videos from your travels in one safe place.
Level 5 (500+ points):
The very top Local Guides will become eligible to apply to attend our inaugural summit in 2016, where you’ll be able to meet other top Guides from around the world, explore the Google campus, and get the latest info about Google Maps. Look out for details early next year.
here. Once you do, you can download the latest Google Maps for Mobile app on
to follow your progress on the “Your Contributions” tab in the left hand panel of the app.
Your total points, level, and to-do list—suggestions for places to contribute to
—conveniently appear together in one place.
And when you share photos, you'll now see view counts, giving you an idea of how many people your image may have helped.
To learn more about how to contribute and unlock benefits, visit our
Posted by Aradhana Biradar, Community Manager - Local Guides
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