Google launches products, services for Indonesia

Friday 7 December 2018 | 10:02 CET | News
At its annual Google for Indonesia event, Google has announced the next round of products and partnerships for the local market. Google is targeting first-time smartphone users with the launch of Google Go, an AI-powered app designed to showcase the latest Search trends as well as Indonesia’s most popular apps and websites.

Google is collaborating with Wikipedia on a new way to make English-only content accessible for Indonesians. Now, Google systems will identify relevant Wikipedia articles that are only available in English, translate them into Bahasa Indonesia using Google’s AI-powered neural machine translation system, and then surface these translated articles in Search.

The company has launched the Google Assistant in Bahasa Indonesia in April. Now, it is taking its Indonesian-speaking Assistant out of smartphones and putting it into feature phones. WizPhone is the first feature phone made by Indonesians that will have the Google Assistant built in and it will retail at IDR 99,000 (approximately USD 10).

To help connect business owners with job seekers, the company has introduced Jobs on Google Search. Starting today, searches for “job vacancies” will surface job listings in Indonesia, with options to organize them by different criteria like job type and distance.

Google has also announced a new commitment to train a further 1 million Indonesian small and medium businesses by 2020. This is in addition to the one million that Google has already trained since 2015.

Google also reports it has already trained 2,000 journalists through the Google News Initiative and it plans to train another 3,000 more by 2019. As part of the CekFakta.com, Google News Initiative training includes fact-checking and verification best practices, plus how to fight misinformation. The philanthropic arm Google.org is making a grant of USD 875,000 to non-profit organizations Maarif Institute, Peace Generation, RuangGuru and Love Frankie to teach more than 12,000 students to champion tolerance, multiculturalism, and positivity.

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