Internet search engine giant Google today announced the launch of two India specific services -- Google Local Search and Google Local Business Centre. Google India Labs, an India serving innovation platform, was also launched.
Google Local Search will assist Indian users looking for locally relevant information on the web such as restaurants, shops and hotels. Google Local Business Centre will allow any business to add its information to Google Local for free. When users search on Google Local Search, the listed business information will be displayed, according to a company release.
“Local Search and Local Business Centre will provide users with better results by increasing the corpus and depth of business listings, and benefit local businesses by ensuring visibility on the internet for free,” said Vinay Goel, Head of Products, Google India.
Google Labs is a technology playground for products that are in the process of development and require market feedback to improve. This launch makes India one of the few countries to have a country-focused labs program. Globally, Google has 7 labs across US, China, Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain. India labs will serve as a platform to showcase innovations that are particularly relevant to the Indian market and will also allow users to take a peek into Google’s future offerings.