Google CEO Sundar Pichai is all set to visit India in December, his 1st overseas visit since taking over the reins of the company. While no official reason has been announced for his visit, sources claim he will meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee.
PTI claims Pichai will also be hosting an open event for students from all over the country at Delhi University. He is further supposed to give the keynote address at a Google for India event, where he might sketch out the tech giant’s plans for the nation. The brand has sent out invites for the occasion, which will take place on December 16.
The invite doesn’t confirm what Google is announcing. It talks about technology changing people’s lives for the better and the rapid rate at which Indians are going online thanks to affordable handsets. The US-based company thinks these new consumers have a fresh view on what the internet has to offer and is using the event to outline its vision for these individuals.
The statement seems to be in line with Google’s Android One initiative of providing low-cost smartphones to first-time internet users. Sunder Pichai previously came to India in September 2014 to announce the project in his capacity as the head of Android operations, so it’s possible he’s coming back to discuss the future of the series.
Rumors last month had suggested Google is partnering up Lava for the next Android One phone. The series hasn’t been a huge success so far. This time round, it may relax its strict rules regarding specifications, which had served to severely curtail the freedom of the manufacturers which produced the devices.