Google to integrate HTML5 standard in mobile net browser

Google’s PC-based web browser ‘Chrome’ is also very active in developing HTML 5 standard, which will be the global standard built to provide powerful web applications to users without the need for proprietary plug ins.

Talking to Deccan Herald, Google India Product Head Vinay Goel explained “HTML 5 takes web to next level and makes richer applications possible on internet. We want to accelerate capabilities of web applications and make them richer and faster.”

As mobile phones are becoming major devices for people connecting to internet, Google is aggressively focusing on developing applications for mobiles. India being one of the fastest growing mobile markets in the world, is seeing a lot of activities in mobile application space. By the end of 2009 the  mobile subscriber base in India is expected to cross the 450 million mark  six times the number of computers in the country.

Potential for growth
These facts suggest that there is a huge potential for growth in the mobile internet market as mobile devices and mobile internet are increasingly getting integrated into everyday life. This is more so for people for whom these highly personal devices function as a primary point of access to information.

“The mobile in India is a social medium and we believe in enabling this social experience through the various applications available on Google mobile. It is Google’s mission to make the world’s information universally accessible,” Goel said.  Google recently launched mobile internet applications like Voice Search for BlackBerry and Orkut J2ME platform for social net working. Using a BlackBerry handset, a user can search for local information in all large Indian cities and as the voice recognition software is localised with Indian accent, the search results are fairly correct. Using Google’s new Orkut applications users can upload pictures instantly on the site for viewing by the close network users.

Spearheading the development of mobile of applications in India is Google’s India product team, headquartered in Bangalore, which work closely with the global product development team. Sharp drop smart phone price (its down almost 30 per cent in the last 9 months) and reduced rates for data packages offered by mobile service operators are other factors cheering Google’s mobile internet strategy in India.

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