Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Thursday called for a smartphone priced just $30 or Rs.2,000 so countries like India can provide more access to the Internet and digital services for people.
Speaking at his alma mater IIT-Kharagpur, Pitchai said,”I would love to see cheaper smartphones, entry-level smartphones by bringing down the prices even more, may be at $30 level for India at the entry level.”
However, Google’s ‘Android One’ program to partner in cheaper phone manufacturing launched some handsets with Micromax, Karbonn and Spice priced in the range of Rs. 6,000 and currently these entry level phones are available at Rs.3,000 though some ventured at phones for Rs. 500 too though failed.
India-born Pichai also said Google has rolled out programs for Digital India through “public-private partnerships” with RailTel offering wi-fi services at railway stations and with NPCI for digital payments.
Stressing on connectivity, he said Google is also working on Internet Saathi to educate rural people on Internet to drive them opt for online services. He said Google is currently working on Indian languages. “In Android, with search option, we support many languages but we want to do all that better so that it works even in rural situations with the right dialects,” he said.