APPLE says it will set up an office in Hyderabad to accelerate the development of maps for its products in a venture that will create about 4,000 jobs in the Southern Indian city.
This the second such announcement since CEO Tim Cook arrived in the country on his first visit.
“Apple is focused on making the best products and services in the world and we are thrilled to open this new office in Hyderabad which will focus on Maps development,” Apple’s CEO Tim Cook in a statement today.
“The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations.”
On Wednesday the company announced that it will set up an app design and development center in the city of Bangalore.
While details of Cook’s schedule have not been made available, local news reports say he’s expected to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other government officials. He is also expected to meet top business leaders.
India is one of the world’s fastest-growing smartphone markets, but is mainly dominated by Android phones.
Apple has been continually updating and adding new features to its Maps function, including 3D views, the Flyover feature and tools to help customers find convenient places to shop, eat and explore nearby areas, the company said.
With iOS 9, Apple added Transit, offering a combination of trains, subways, buses and walking, which is already available for more than 300 cities around the world.
The company said the new facility will be located on the Waverock campus, providing a world-class, LEED-certified home for the expanding Maps team.
“We are honored Apple chose Hyderabad as a home for its Maps development office,” said Telangana Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao. “This will create thousands of jobs here and is a testament to our proactive approach, quality infrastructure and the excellent talent base we have in the region.”
Indian-based global IT services company RMSI’s CEO Anup Jindal, who will be working closely with Apple, said : “Apple is one of the most innovative companies in the world and we are very proud they chose us to partner with for this important project.”
He added the RMSI were “experts in geospatial data and we will be hiring thousands of people from the local area to support this effort”.
Across India, Apple supports over 640,000 iOS app developer jobs and other positions related to the iOS ecosystem.
Additional reporting by Associated Press