Pichai bats for cheaper entry-level smartphones

Google bets big on AI and machine learning Kharagpur, January 5:   Prices of smartphones need to come down to facilitate access by people, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said on Thursday. Speaking to students during a “chat session” at IIT-Kharagpur, his alma mater, Pichai said the entry-level price of smartphones should be in the range of $30 (approximately ₹2,100). As of date, entry level smartphone prices in India are around ₹4,000-5,000. “I would love to see cheaper smartphones, entry-level smartphones. I think we need to bring the prices down a little more,” he said. Apart from bringing down the price, the other important issue for Google would be ensuring internet connectivity. “And connectivity is extraordinarily important. That is why you have us working on the Wi-Fi project. Some 100-odd railway stations…

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