Cash May Be King in India, but Google Is Prince of Mobile Payments

That’s the headline on my latest story, out today. It begins: NEW DELHI–The leading player in the battle for mobile payments in India isn’t either of China’s pioneers, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. or Tencent Holdings Ltd. It isn’t Apple Inc., Visa Inc. or even PayPal Holdings Inc. It’s Google. The Alphabet Inc. unit has for […]

India Investigates Google for Suspected Android Abuse

That’s the headline on my most recent story, out Friday, which I wrote with my colleague Rajesh Roy. It begins: India’s antitrust watchdog is investigating whether Alphabet Inc.’s Google used its Android platform to block rivals, New Delhi’s latest move to try to tamp down American tech behemoths. The investigation launched by the Competition Commission […]

Mobile Money Heats Up in India as Google Doubles Down

That’s the headline of my most recent story, which came out yesterday. It begins: NEW DELHI–Alphabet Inc.’s Google is raising its mobile-payments game in India with new functions and services as global players race to woo the nation’s legions of consumers who are skipping credit cards and transacting on smartphones instead. A day after Warren […]

A Browser You’ve Never Heard of Is Dethroning Google in Asia

That’s the headline of my newest story, out today. It begins: JAKARTA, Indonesia—A mobile browser rarely used in the West has outflanked Google’s Chrome in some of Asia’s fastest-growing markets, giving owner Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. an advantage in the race among technology giants to capture the next generation of internet users. Hundreds of millions […]

By Me Today: Google Wants a Piece of Mobile Payments in India

The story begins: Alphabet Inc.’s Google is aiming for a piece of India’s booming—but increasingly crowded—mobile-payments business. The Mountain View, Calif., tech giant on Monday launched its first-ever smartphone app that lets users transfer money to individuals and businesses in the country without the use of a credit or a debit card, a crucial factor […]

Google CEO’s Advice to Ambitious Students: Loosen Up

That’s the gist of my story yesterday, which began: Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai has some straightforward life advice for students at his alma mater: loosen up and have some fun. The India-born Mr. Pichai, speaking Thursday at the elite Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur outside Kolkata, told university students who asked how they could […]

Google’s Newest India Focus: Connecting Small Businesses

That’s the subject of my latest WSJ story, which begins: NEW DELHI— Alphabet Inc.’s Google is ramping up its efforts to get India’s small businesses online, the latest step in its quest to win new users in the populous nation. Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said on Wednesday that the Mountain View, Calif., company will […]

Recent Stories: Google CEO Visits India

I was in India recently covering the first offiical visit Google CEO Sundar Pichai has made to his home country. In the scene–setter, I wrote about the importance of India to Google — and other big U.S. tech companies, like Facebook: NEW DELHI— Alphabet Inc.’s Google became a global technology titan serving developed-world consumers on their […]