Until July 2021, Google is going to let most of its employees work from home in response to the longer COVID-19 pandemic period.
It looks like Google is preparing itself for what seems like a year-long need to follow social distancing rules as the US continues to have more COVID-19 cases daily. Twitter and Facebook have announced before that they will allow most of its employees to work remotely and may just follow suit.
In a memo obtained by CNN Business, Google confirmed they have reopened 42 offices worldwide and prompts its employees to ”plan ahead,” hoping the opportunity will “offer the flexibility [the employees] need to balance work with taking care of [themselves] and [their] loved ones, over the next 12 months.”
As one of the most contagious virus continues to get more people sick, Google remains competitive in the market, even teaming up with Mukesh Ambani’s Jio Platforms with the goal of winning over India’s smartphone users. Google just earned a 7.7 percent stake in Jio Platforms after pouring $4.5 billion for investment earlier this month.
This gives the Silicon Valley giant a chance to wade into the market that China really wants to own, where Chinese brands are accounted for more than 75% of overall sales in the second quarter of 2020.
There are no exact details yet about what the new product would be like, but Google’s investment will reportedly be used to develop a cost-friendly smartphone, specially made for the local markets of India. There are currently billions of Indians who don’t own smartphones, most of them in rural communities.