Google launches AndroidGo for 512 MB phones, Assistant for Jiophone

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According to Google, devices with 512MB to 1GB of RAM will benefit from Go, and will get a better performing OS with built-in data management features and security benefits. There are 500 million feature phone users in India alone (out of a total market of 780 million), so there's clearly some untapped potential. "For them, Android Oreo (Go edition) will help improve the experience on entry-level phones while new apps like Files Go will ensure their experience is smooth and they consume less data", he said.

The Google for India event also saw the launch of the bill payments feature on Google Tez.

Although the company has remained tight-lipped about the hardware (and software) inside the JioPhone, Qualcomm and Spreadtrum have independently confirmed that RIL's 4G capable feature phone will have two versions. However, the normal consumers will also be able to install them from the Play Store, but the country-wise availability is unclear at this point.

Google has today announced that its AI-based search assistant for smartphones, Google Assistant, is set to come to the Reliance JioPhone.

The Go Edition of Android will be 15% faster than the regular edition and leaves a much smaller footprint on the storage memory than the regular version, it said. We do know that all of them will be available to the Indian users.

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The 4G-enabled phone also comes with Jio's suite of apps, and the addition of Google Assistant will be a welcome bonus for buyers looking to pick up the device. As the number of internet users grows per day, Google aims to build new products and features specifically for India.

The Google Assistant for JioPhone will be available in English and Hindi, the company announced during an event here. He also revealed that India, where most of the population is yet to access the Internet, still makes its presence felt in the global rankings.

Google for India, an annual affair, is being held for the third time in a row.

On the two-wheeler mode in Maps, Sengupta said the feature will be available in India starting today, with more countries in the coming months.

More than 70 billers will be supported, including utilities and direct-to-home service providers, revealed Google.

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