Friday, 24 November, 2017

Google Launches Android Go for 'Next Billion' Smartphone Users

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Kayla Schwartz | 19 May, 2017, 20:13

The South Korean home electronics provider said it demonstrated Google Home-equipped LG home appliances at the Google I/O developer conference held in Mountain View, California on Wednesday.

The company's director of engineering for payment products Varouj Chitilian told delegates at Google's I/O 2017 event taking place this week that "the momentum and the traction is just incredible" for the company's contactless payment offering. You're going to crack for Google Home?

Barring any secrets Google is hanging onto, there's no denying that this is one of the outwardly duller Android releases in recent memory.

So far Google Assistant has been about easily accomplishing tasks by virtue of voice commands.

Android developers have a "huge opportunity" to expand their reach and build their businesses by creating apps with entry-level users in mind, Google said in "The Building for Billions Playbook".

On the search front, the Google Assistant is being continually improved to mine not only web-based data, but personal storage and location awareness.

Google has just announced a new type of tool that will allow users to get information on any object just by pointing a phone camera at it.

Destiny 2 is coming to PC exclusively via Blizzard's Battle.net
Interestingly enough, Bungie has confirmed the team is actually playing Destiny 2 from the comfort of their own homes. Players will also be able to add friends and form parties the same way Blizzard gamers can.

Google is also making available the conversation history for Assistant available without the need to navigate to a Google account page. Enough to take advantage of the innovations of the American giant. Building data-hungry features like Lens directly into the operating system would complicate that goal.

"And with more than 50 billion apps scanned every day, Google's machine learning systems are always on the lookout for new risks", the company said.

At the same time, the focus of this year's Android release - what Google is calling your phone's "vitals" - is dry but important positioning for the future.

For context, there are only (only!) aroun 700 million active devices running iOS, Apple's mobile operating system.

Android Go is set to make its appearance in 2018 and will target Android devices with memories up to and including 1 GB. It's available on the company's newer Photos app.

Perhaps even more exciting is that the Google Assistant now lets users pay and pay for stuff. As Google's showing, that can be completely fine: it's able to have an even bigger impact on the way our phones are used by delivering some app updates instead.

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