November 18, 2015

Find your way. Even when the internet can’t find you. Google Maps is now available offline in India

You just landed at Delhi airport and need to get to your next appointment fast, but you don’t know where you’re going, your connection is spotty, and the directions are taking way too long to load. Gah!   
Travelling doesn’t need to be this stressful. From today, Google Maps can help you find directions and get where you’re going, even when you don’t have an Internet connection with the launch of new offline functions in Google Maps.

You can now download the map of an area to your phone, and the next time you find there’s no connectivity—whether you’re on a holiday in Goa or looking up for your next destination from an underground parking —Google Maps will continue to work. Once you have saved that area for offline access, you can get turn-by-turn driving directions, search for specific destinations, and find useful information about places, even when you don’t have an internet connection.

Before you head off, download maps of Delhi in Google Maps by searching for “Delhi”, and then tapping "Download". You can also go to "Offline Areas" in the Google Maps menu and tap the “+” button. Once you’ve downloaded your map, Google Maps will still work even when you’re somewhere with spotty service or no connectivity at all. When a connection is found, it will switch back online so you can easily access the full version of Maps, including live traffic conditions for your current route. Google Maps will only download areas to your device when you are on a Wi-Fi connection.

We first previewed these new capabilities during Google I/O in May, and starting rolling out these features globally last week. Today we’re gradually rolling out the first set of these improvements with the latest version of Google Maps on Android (coming soon to iOS) in India. Over time, we’ll be introducing even more offline features to help you find your way—even when you can’t find a connection.

Posted by Sanket Gupta, Program Manager, Google Maps

Google invests in Indian businesses

India’s economy is like a rocketship. Not only are established companies continuing to stay competitive in an increasingly globalized market, but India is home to the fastest-growing base of startups worldwide.

We would like to fuel the rocketship further with the powerful tools that Google for Work provides. So today we are announcing two offers, one for Google Apps and one for Google Cloud Platform.

First up, we will now cover the fees of Google Apps for any business locked into an enterprise agreement (EA) with another provider until its contract runs out. We'll even chip in on some of the deployment costs to set companies up for success with one of our Google for Work Partners. Once the current EA is up, we will then offer a simple contract with no traps or gotchas. For most businesses, this may end up being cheaper than the previous contract. Our estimates suggest that businesses with basic EAs and no dependencies may  potentially unlock savings of up to 70% by switching to Google Apps for Work.

Next up comes Cloud, targeted at India’s startup community. With the second largest developer population in the world, we believe India will be home to the next generation of global software firms. We want more Indian startups to be able to build, deploy and scale what’s next on Google Cloud Platform. So in 2016, we will provide 1,000 Indian startups with up to $20,000 each in free credits for Google Cloud services. Many startups are held back by a lack of computing power, but with the scale and speed of Google infrastructure, the sky’s the limit.  

We are proud to be a part of a tremendous Indian business community as a trusted provider of affordable, collaborative and easy to use productivity and cloud computing tools for our customers. We already power the IT and cloud computing of a range of Indian enterprises from well-known companies like Hero Motocorp, Bombay Dyeing and JSW  in addition to the majority of top startups in India including Snapdeal, Oyo Rooms and Freshdesk. We are excited to work with our current and soon-to-be customers to continue building the future of work in India. With Freedom from Enterprise Agreements and Cloud Platform credits for start ups, we hope to see Indian businesses continue to rise.

Posted by Amit Singh, President, Google for Work

November 14, 2015

9 year old doodles his dream to make “Plastic to Earth Machine” for a greener planet

9 year old wins votes and hearts to become National Winner of this year’s Doodle 4 Google contest
One month and participation from over 50 cities in India, the anticipation has been building around this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition. Today, the wait is finally over. Nine year-old P Karthik from Visakhapatnam is the national winner with his imaginative, thoughtful and inspiring doodle, entitled “Plastic to Earth Machine.” Karthik’s doodle will be featured on the Google India homepage on November 14th to celebrate Children’s Day.

3rd grader, P Karthik from Visakhapatnam, the National Winner of this year’s Doodle 4 Google Contest
P Karthik, who attends Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam, submitted his Doodle around this year’s theme, ‘If I could create something for India, I would’. His creativity and vision towards developing a ‘green environment’ is well reflected through his colorful doodle where he has created ‘Plastic to Earth Machine’ that can recycle and convert all the plastic waste from the country into a material which helps the growth of mother nature.  
All the entries were evaluated on the criteria of artistic merit, creativity and theme communication as well as their unique and novel approach to the Doodle.
This year’s jury, political cartoonist Ajit Ninan and popular creative artist Rob along with the Google Doodle team had a mammoth task at hand; first, to shortlist from the submissions received, and then to choose the national winner and regional winners from across the nation, with each piece of art as competitive and as compelling as the other. The final 12 doodles, chosen by them, were exhibited for online voting and today we are extremely glad to share the final outcomes and reveal the winning Doodle.
We are overwhelmed to see great participation from  talented and creative young artists year-on-year since 2009. With Doodle4Google competition, we aim to celebrate and promote creativity, passion, and imagination in our younger users. The designs for this year’s theme “If I could create something for India, I would” were incredibly creative across all grade groups.
In addition to selecting P Karthik as the national winner, close to 200 thousand public votes helped us determine the three group winners:
  • Grades 1-3: P Karthik, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam for his doodle ‘Plastic to Earth Machine’
  • Grades 4-6:  P Ramya, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan,  Visakhapatnam for her doodle titled ‘Green City, Dream City’.
  • Grades 7-10:  Ashita Sharma, Mother Mary's School, New Delhi for her doodle titled ‘Robots - to transform India’
A big round of thanks from the Doodle 4 Google team and the jury to all of you who voted and helped us select this year's winners. More importantly, we thank all the students who submitted their wonderful entries this year and our partner schools & guest judges - it was incredibly challenging to select the winning doodles from among the amazing entries this year. Please join us in congratulating all participants—they did a fantastic job of inspiring us with their creativity. Keep on doodling and we’ll see you next year once again with an interesting new theme!
Posted by Sapna Chadha, Head of Marketing, Google India

November 3, 2015

Bidding Adieu to Great Online Shopping Festival #mygosfmoment

In 2012, we launched Great Online Shopping Festival as the Cyber Monday of India to encourage more Indians to shop online by offering them the best of deals across portals. Our objective was to bring all the leading ecommerce players on a common platform and boost the online shopping industry by focusing on first time buyers. We had never done anything like this before in any country.

Back then India had 130 million Internet users with only 8 million Indians shopping online, and the total online shopping Industry was approximately $2 billion. Fast forward to 2015, India has over 350 million Internet users and over 50 million online shoppers projected to reach 100 million by 2016 and the Industry is already over $10 Billion.

In addition to helping large eCommerce players get massive transactions, GOSF served as a great platform for hundreds of small and medium businesses to find customers across India. Many small and medium eCommerce portals used GOSF as a launch platform and saw phenomenal growth in sales and some of them today are well established online shopping destinations.

December became the new peak online sales season overtaking Diwali

Today, India has many flourishing and successful eCommerce companies and there are multiple deal days being hosted by various e-Commerce players delivering great value to shoppers across India. Users don’t have to wait for 12 months to get the best deals online, small and medium businesses no longer have to wait for to find customers from all across India. Success of new categories introduced in GOSF like Real Estate and Auto have today become a norm, and both industries have embraced Internet to sell directly customers.

The pace of growth and the impact eCommerce companies are driving in India has gained significant momentum and we are very pleased that we were able to play our part in this journey in India. GOSF in many ways was a catalyst in boosting consumer confidence to shop online and we are grateful to all our partners and buyers who contributed in making GOSF, the largest online shopping festival not just in terms of scale but also in impact.

There were many learnings for us and the Industry on the whole but the time has come for us to bid adieu to the Great Online Shopping Festival. We will continue to invest in initiatives to empower small and medium businesses and work along with the Industry to make Internet a growth engine for the country.

Posted by Nitin Bawankule, Industry Director - eCommerce, Local & Classified, Google India

October 29, 2015

Meet the 12 Doodle 4 Google 2015 finalists from India and vote to choose the winners!

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Entries now open for online voting for users to choose the winner

We’re very excited that the annual Doodle4Google (D4G) competition with the theme ‘If I could create something for India, it would be’’ has reached its final stages. And we are glad to announce our 12 Finalists.

Like all previous years, this year the competition has also seen amazing response and entries have come in from across the country! As always, this year’s D4G participants are grouped into three categories: Group 1 comprising students from Class 1 to 3; Group 2 with students from Class 4 to 6; and Group 3 with students from Class 7 to 10.

These entries went through two rounds of judging, first by a group of Art Schools, and then by our national jury of Cartoonist Ajit Ninan and Creative Artist Rob. Details of the finalists along with their doodles are showcased at

You get to now vote for your favorites online to choose one winner from each group. Online voting to pick the final winner has been ongoing from October 23 and will close on November 9. Finally, on the basis of your votes and on the basis of the ranking by the reputed national jury, the national winner will be selected from all the finalists. The winning doodle will be placed on the homepage on November 14, National Children’s Day.

Here is the list of the 12 finalists from across India:

Group 1: class 1 to 3
1.     Ishita Jain, St. Mary's Convent Sr. Sec. School, Bhopal
2.     Ashish Dharne, Bishop Cotton Boys’ School, Bengaluru
3.     P Karthik, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam
4.     Aarushi Jain, G.D. Goenka International School, Surat

Group 2: class 4 to 6
1.     Saubhagya Kalia, Sri Aurobindo School, Chandigarh
2.     Bhumika Shree, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Godda
3.     P Ramya,  Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam
4.     Saloni Singh, UK Convent School, Bhopal

Group 3: class 7 to 10
1.     Varsha Yeshwanth, The Hindu Senior Secondary School, Chennai
2.     Ashita Sharma, Mother Mary's School, New Delhi
3.     Samhita Lokesh, Freedom International School, Bengaluru
4.     Sumedh H Supe, Delhi Public School, Udaipur

About the History of the Doodle:
Over the years, doodles on the Google homepage have made search on Google more fun and enjoyable for its users worldwide. When doodles were first created, nobody had anticipated how popular and integral they would become to the Google search experience. Nowadays, many users excitedly anticipate the release of each new doodle and some even collect them!

Doodles are known as the decorative changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists and scientists. Having a little bit of fun with the corporate logo by redesigning it from time to time is unheard of at many companies but at Google, it is a part of the brand. While the doodle is primarily a fun way for the company to recognize events and notable people, it also illustrates the creative and innovative personality of the company itself.

Posted by Sapna Chadha, Director of Marketing, Google India

October 13, 2015

S’more to love with the new Nexus phones available in India today

We introduced Android as an open platform that anyone can build on, and today there are 4,000+ Android devices in all shapes and sizes. Android’s diversity is why it’s become the most popular mobile platform in the world, and the latest version, Marshmallow, takes Android to a new level of performance.

With all the Android devices out there, we also want to show off how great an Android device can truly be—which is why we started our Nexus program. Today we’re introducing the latest Nexus treats to India both running Marshmallow, sweetened by amazing apps and sandwiched by some cutting-edge hardware.

Nexus 6P is the first full metal-body Nexus phone. Built by Huawei, this 5.7” phone is crafted from aeronautical-grade aluminum, with a powerful processor, a 12 MP camera and a USB Type-C port for fast charging. The Nexus 6P starts at Rs. 39,999.

You’re not the only one who misses your Nexus 5. We’ve brought it back with the new Nexus 5X, giving you great performance and a beautiful 5.2” screen, in a compact and light package. The Nexus 5X starts at Rs 31,990.

With Android Marshmallow, the new Nexus phones offer Now on Tap to help you get fast answers when you need them, fingerprint support for quick and secure access, more control over app permission, and Doze to help your battery work smarter.

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Starting today in India, you can now pre-order the new Nexus phones from leading e-tailers Amazon, Flipkart and also offline at major retail chains such as Reliance, Croma, The Mobile Store and many more.

Posted by David Shapero, Global Director of Chrome and Android Marketing

October 8, 2015

A New App for New Delhi

Every city is different. London has The Tube. New York has the subway. And New Delhi has The Metro. From today New Delhi also has its own public transport app.

Delhi Public Transport is a new, experimental app from the Google Maps team designed from the ground up to make it easier for New Delhi residents to get around on public transport.

Getting transit directions when your connection is spotty and data is expensive can be tough. So we have made directions and timetable information for New Delhi metros and buses available offline. That way, even if you don’t have a connection, you can still get directions between any bus or metro stops and find how late your bus or train will run.

In addition to having lots of useful information available offline, Delhi Public Transport also provides you with public transport news and delay information when you do have a connection, all packed into a small app of about 1 MB download size.    


The Delhi Public Transport app is available for Android from the Google Play store. It’s still very early days for this app and we would love to hear your feedback. Let us know how it’s working for you and what we can do to make it more useful by clicking the feedback button at the top of the app.

Happy traveling New Delhi!

Posted by Dave Barth, Product Manager