Google India today announced the launch of Google Play Gift Cards in the Indian market.
These vouchers would soon be available from select stores of Vijay Sales and Spice Hotspot in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata & Jaipur.
The company is offering vouchers in three denominations: Rs. 500, Rs. 1000 and Rs. 1500.
These can be redeemed on the Google Play Store and can be used to purchase digital goods like apps, movies and ebooks.
With Google Play, you can buy apps, games, e-books and rent or buy movies, on the device of your choice — be it a computer, Android phone or tablet. All of this entertainment is available across multiple devices — buy an e-book on the web, for example, and it’s instantly available on your phone or tablet through Google Play, and you can start reading right where you left off.
Official Google India Blog: Google Play prepaid vouchers now available in India
Google Play – Google
Google India announced today that India would soon join Indonesia in getting a recently announced update that deliver optimized web pages on Chrome/Android mobile web browsers on slower connections.
Google optimize their search result pages and content pages for faster delivery over slower connections. Users still have the option to view the full webpage if they so desire.
This is something similar to what Opera Mini does to web pages and it is one of the most popular mobile web browsers in India and many other countries.
It’s still early days, but our field test in Indonesia showed us that these new light pages load four times faster and use 80% less data than before. Traffic to webpages increased by more than 50%. Of course, if you’d prefer to see the original page, you can choose that option at the top of your page.
Official Google India Blog: Faster and lighter mobile web pages in India
Google has a special doodle on their Google India homepage celebrating the Holi festival today.
Here is how it goes:
Happy Holi We’re celebrating the colorful festival with a splash on our…
This feature was added to Google Maps mobile apps few weeks ago. But it was not enabled for the Indian market. Uber Delhi just tweeted this image confirming the arrival of this functionality in India!
Tried it here in Gurgaon and yey!
Google has launched their Flight Search engine platform in India. The company said:
If you love to travel and shop around for great deals, Flight Search can offer inspiration and help you find the best flights available. Now, you can search directly for flights within Google or access google.co.in/flights to quickly find, compare and book flights from your mobile device, tablet or desktop.
Official Google India Blog: Google makes it faster and easier to search for flights in India
You would still book tickets on third party services so there is no integrated support for Google Wallet.
Flights – Google Search
Google India highlighted how you can now search for movie song names and get the result right on the search result page.
Hopefully this is an indication that Google Play Music launch is near for the Indian market.
Love Bollywood Music? Now, get a list of songs from a film when you search for…
YouTube appears to have quietly turned on support for offline streaming of YouTube videos for Indian users of their Android app.
If you are part of the rolled out group, you should see this screen when you try to play a video:
Read more: YouTube Offline Viewing Is Now Rolling Out To Users In India
Not all videos are supported.
Google India today launched the official YouTube Edu India Channel. The company said:
And we’re delighted to introduce, “YT-Edu India” Channel that has been created by educators to make discovery of curated videos, easier. The channel’s playlists have also been optimized and made user-friendly by creating subject specific sections and easy to access channels for all classes. The GEG community and teachers are continuously engaged in the process of improving the current playlists by adding new videos and replacing existing ones with better videos.
Read more: Official Google India Blog: Here comes the YouTube Edu India Channel… Learn at your own pace… “pause…rewind…share”
Check it out here:
Read more: YT-Edu India – YouTube
Google India blogged about a change they are rolling out on their local search engine. The company said that the search result pages would have two modes. Regular version would be shown to users on faster internet connectivity.
And if Google discovers that the user is on a slower internet connectivity, they would trim down the search result page and show a lighter page. Google said:
Now, we will automatically check to see if a user has a slow wireless connection and deliver a fast loading version of Search. Fewer bytes means you get your answer faster—and cheaper! Google’s high-quality results will remain the same, but elements such as images and maps will only show up when they are an essential part of the result.
Read more: Official Google India Blog: Announcing fast access for mobile users
Google is celebrating Teachers’ Day in India with a special doodle on their Indian homepage.
Teachers’ Day in India is celebrated on the birthday of second President of India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
More: 5 September 2014