Previously, Google had partnered with Indian handset makers like Micromax and Spice to launch entry-level Android One smartphones.
So Google is bringing its Assistant to these phones, starting with the Reliance JioPhone. Apps like Google Go, Files Go, YouTube Go, Gmail Go and more are very lightweight and optimized to save data - Google claims that users can save up to 40% data in Google Go compared to the full version of the app. Because the Jio Phones already have a small digital assistant installed with it. The Google Go is not only an app available for Android Oreo (Go edition) users but for everybody else as well.
"This will help bring the benefits of the Google Assistant to millions of first time internet users on the JioPhone with an intuitive voice-based user interface, along with a rich set of data services", Caesar Sengupta, Vice President, Next Billion Users Team at Google, wrote in a blog.
Similarly, apps like Files Go can be used for identifying and deleting files which take up a lot of storage. The JioPhone is the first feature phone to support Google Assistant.
Announced in May 2016, the Google Assistant was available on Android, iOS, and Android Wear devices.
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Two-wheeler mode in Google Maps to help provide short-cut routes to motorcycle and scooter riders.
"These products and features are India-first, but they are not India-only". Just like the auto mode it gives you information regarding traffic density and arrival times. There is however a big safety issue associated with using the smartphone while riding.
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The JioPhone already comes with Jio's customized voice assistant, and the addition of Google Assistant will be an added bonus for the consumers looking to purchase the smartest feature phone. Once you make the payment it shall also save the details of the payment and remind you about the pending bill for next month.