Google to bring Loon, power 100 wi-fi stations

New Delhi: Technology giant Google yesterday said it hopes to soon start tests for its Project Loon in India, which aims to bring affordable internet access, even as the Centre is of the view that the project would affect mobile transmission.  

Google CEO Sundar Pichai interacts with the students in New Delhi yesterday. pic/pti
Google CEO Sundar Pichai interacts with the students in New Delhi yesterday. Pic/PTI

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company will work with carriers and is hopeful that Project Loon can work as a ‘backbone’ to offer internet connectivity in areas without coverage.

“Project Loon will launch balloons in the sky to help reach out to rural areas,” he added.

Welcoming Google’s proposal to partner with BSNL for the pilot project, Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “...In-principle, we are agreeable to the pilot project. Certain issues of security and harmony with the Department of Civil Aviation need to be sorted out. We will finalise that also.”

Besides, the technology giant will also empower 100 railway stations in India with wi-fi connectivity by December next year.
The first station that will go live next month will be Mumbai Central.

Android to have Indian dessert name? Pichai will ask mom!

New Delhi: He runs global internet giant, but the question that stumped Sundar Pichai on his first India visit as Google CEO was whether the popular mobile operating system Android can be named after an Indian dessert! A smiling Pichai replied he will ask his mother for suggestions and Google can even go for an online poll to decide the name. He was interacting with students at the prestigious Shri Ram College of Commerce on the second day of his India visit. Some of the suggestions that came at the event itself included ‘peda’, ‘neyyappam’ and ‘nankhatai’. Previous versions of Android OS have been named after sweets like Donut, Eclair, Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, Kitkat and Lollipop. The latest version is called Android Marshmallow.

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