Google is yet to take any call on rolling out Google Chrome operating system and notebook in India. Google India director Vinay Goel said that the company is focusing on the US and the UK markets and it’s a learning experience for them. “We will decide on their India launch on the basis of this learning and at an appropriate time. Right now there is no such thinking,” said Goel.
Goel who was here to flag off the Google internet bus’s journey across West Bengal, said that the street view project of Google will be resumed after it receives some regulatory clearances from the government.
Google street view, a technology featured in Google maps and google earth was supposed to revolutionise the way we approach maps in the country. This hit a roadblock in June with the Bangalore police objecting to the collection of data by Google’s cars, which were crisscrossing Bangalore city taking high definition images to give users 360 degree views of streets
Google recently terminated some of the products and services including Google Knol (Google’s version of Wikipedia), Google Gears (that allowed web applications to be used offline) and Google Wave. Goel said, “When we withdraw or terminate some products that does not mean we are terminating it forever. We are continuously experimenting and constantly taking customers feedbacks. Maybe, they will come back with improved, upgraded, refined features in some other forms.”
At present nearly 37 per cent of the estimated 82 million internet users in the country are from smaller towns. “We have also found that some 30 per cent of the internet bus users have already begun using internet. We hope this trend will continue,” Goel said.