Google has announced its plans to join hands with India’s banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) sector to fuel the country’s financial digital journey. The tech giant made the announcement at its annual flagship event, Google for India, on October 19, 2023.
Google’s initiatives for India
Google has launched several initiatives for India, ranging from AI integration, SME solutions, online safety, local collaborations, and more. Some of the key highlights are:
- Google will manufacture Pixel smartphones in India, strengthening its commitment to bringing the best hardware and software capabilities to the Indian market.
- Google will apply generative AI to its products, such as Search, Maps, and Photos, to make them more helpful and relevant for Indian users. For example, Search will soon help users explore places and things to do nearby, access information of over 100 government schemes, and bring images and videos into AI-powered overviews.
- Google Pay will collaborate with banks and NBFCs to create products that address the credit gap in India. These products will be underwritten by regulator-authorized financial institutions and made available to users through the Google Pay platform.
- Google has launched DigiKavach, a programme to combat online financial fraud in India. DigiKavach will study the modus operandi of scammers, develop and implement countermeasures, and share insights with experts and partners to create a safer digital ecosystem for all.
- Google has partnered with the Fintech Association for Consumer Empowerment (FACE) to combat predatory digital lending apps on the Play Store in India. FACE will support Google with market intelligence to inform detection and enable swift action against personal loan apps that are non-compliant with the Play Store’s policies.
Google’s impact on India’s BFSI sector
Google’s partnership with India’s BFSI sector is expected to have a positive impact on the country’s digital economy and financial inclusion. According to a recent report by Google and McKinsey, the integration of AI with digital solutions can unlock access to the entire spectrum of BFSI products for over 700 million internet users in India. The report also estimates that AI can generate an additional $500 billion of value for the Indian economy by 2025.
Google’s Country Head and Vice President for India, Sanjay Gupta, said that Google is committed to partnering with India’s success in a new digital paradigm. He said that Google will leverage its global expertise and local insights to create products and solutions that are tailored for the needs and aspirations of every Indian.