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Google Acquires Popular Indian Travel App: Where is My Train

Moupiya Dutta
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Earlier this year it was reported that Google was all interested in taking over the Indian traveling app; Where is My Train. Today the company announced that Google has acquired Sigmoid Labs, which runs the platform ‘Where is My Train.’ The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Where Is My Train is an app that tells you where your train is in real-time, even without the use of the internet or location. Since late August, Google was reportedly in talks to acquire the company for $30-40 million. Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi was also in the fray to invest in the Bengaluru-based startup.

In a statement, Google said that Bangalore-based Sigmoid Labs would join the company and continue working on the app.

We are excited that they’re joining Google and will be part of a team that will continue to build on the current offering and more. – Google spokesperson

This is to mention that the acquisition of the app, which has millions of users in India, is further evidence of Google’s aggressive play for users in emerging markets. ‘Where Is My Train’ is Google’s second acquisition on Indian turf. Last year, the firm acquired another Bengaluru-based artificial intelligence startup Halli Labs.

Available in English, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam, the Where Is My Train app also enables users to understand coach positions in platforms and browse through seats/berth layouts.

The app, other than offering offline integration, also helps customers zero in on trains with just the source and destination or even partial train names.

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