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Google in talks to partner Indian government for UPI, Aadhaar integration: Caesar Sengupta

Google says it is a huge fan of the India Stack, which includes Aadhaar for identity and UPI for electronic payments.

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Google is making conscious efforts in India to connect the unconnected. To be a part of PM Narendra Modi s Digital India mission and bring free internet to the masses, it has already partnered RailTel to offer free Wi-Fi at select railway stations across India. The company even made a number of “Google for India” announcements yesterday that include Google Station as well as India-specific customization to its apps that will enable Indians to use its services even on slow internet speeds. But that’s not all. Google is also in talks to partner with the Indian government for UPI and Aadhaar programs. Also Read - Google's offline dinosaur game in new Olympics avatar: Here's how to can play

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In an interview with ET, Google s Vice President for Next Billion, Caesar Sengupta revealed that the company is currently discussing propositions that UPI and Aadhaar can open up. We’re huge fans of the Indian stack (Aadhaar and UPI), it’s transforming, Sengupta said. The company is also in talks with NPCI (National Payments Corporation of India) to look for possible solutions to support UPI, which could revolutionize payments. With Aadhaar and UPI integration, smartphones can become users identity, letting them do more transaction in a secured manner. Also Read - Timex Helix Smart 2.0 with temperature sensor, heart rate sensor launched: Details here

Earlier this month, reports emerged about the Indian government holding talks with smartphone manufacturers and platform enablers like Google to make smartphones compatible with Aadhaar. The talks were reportedly inconclusive. Sengupta mentioned in the interview that devices will require special hardware to make them Aadhaar compatible, which would increase the price of devices. That said, Google continues to be in talks with the Indian government. ALSO READ: From YouTube Go to Google Assistant in Hindi, 6 things Google announced for India today

The Google executive also commented on Android One, the company’s project to launch affordable smartphones running on stock Android. The project did not take off in India, which Sengupta calls a “very complicated” market. He also mentioned that the idea behind Android One was not about shipping volumes but to ensure devices get timely software updates, which most vendors fail to do. ALSO READ: Unified Payments Interface: Here s how to register, send and receive money using UPI apps

About Google Station, he mentioned that the company is looking at partners, which could include state governments and even existing internet service providers that could help it bring fast public Wi-Fi networks. Like the deal with RailTel, the partners would be expected to provide the bandwidth while Google would provide its public Wi-Fi setup. Google has so far implemented its free Wi-Fi service in 52 railway stations across India and sees 3.5 million users logging on to the service every month. ALSO READ: UIDAI proposes smartphone brands to make Aadhaar-enabled smartphones

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  • Published Date: September 28, 2016 3:04 PM IST



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