Google acquires Indian AI startup Halli Labs

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In its bid to further expand its artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities, Google has acquired Halli Labs, a four-month old startup specializing in building artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions for the Indian masses. This is the first acquisition by the tech giant in India.

In a statement, Google stated that the Halli Labs team will be joining Google and will focus on building products for the next billion users coming online. Recently, Google has been focusing on building a more accessible platform for users in developing countries such as India, where widespread internet connectivity is not available.

Founder of Halli Labs, Pankaj Gupta, had built the startup in April this year with the aim of “applying modern machine learning techniques to old problems and domains,” showing the company’s resolve to bring stable internet connectivity to rural India where telecom networks still do not offer complete coverage.