Saturday, 16 December, 2017

Top five announcements from Google for India event

Google Maps Motorcycle Mode Launched in India for 2 Wheeler Google Maps gets 'Two-wheeler' mode in India, can suggests road closures and parking status
Kayla Schwartz | 05 December, 2017, 11:28

Assistant has thus far been limited to iOS and Android devices, and making it available on a feature phone gives Google the ability to reach a much wider audience.

Despite the growing prevalence of smartphones, hundreds of millions of people still use feature phones, which don't run Android, but do feature internet connectivity.

Tech giant Google today unveiled a slew of new solutions, such as Android Oreo Go edition for low-priced smartphones and a bike mode for Maps, aimed at driving Internet adoption across markets, including India. The most important is Android Go, a lightweight edition of Android made for entry-level devices that have little storage and less than 1GB of RAM.

At the Google for India event in Delhi, Google launched a series of new features and initiatives designed for India and the developing world at large. Also, Sengupta revealed during the period of October-November, Google Tez accounted for 70% of transactions on BHIM UPI.

"The Assistant can help make phone calls, text, play music and videos, navigate and search the internet, and access other apps and services", said Google. The Google go app appears to be a Lite version of Google Search but also have more functionalities. "And Tez isn't just being used in India's top metros-in fact, we've seen Tez users from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, from towns in Arunachal Pradesh to the villages of Gujarat". Android Oreo (Go edition) smartphones also come with a version of the Google Play Store that allows people to download any app, while highlighting the apps created to work best on Go edition devices. It has tap-first user interface which helps people explore new ideas, find things to share and guide them around the web.

RBA holds rates amid spending uncertainty
RateCity's Sally Tindall can also see a rate hike, and believes it could occur before the end of 2018. The bank expects inflation to pick up gradually as the economy strengthens.

According to Google, India crossed the 400 million internet user mark this year.

The company also released a special version of the Google Assistant, for the JioPhone.

Sengupta said bill payments are a key use case, and that the company will keep rolling out improvements on this front every few weeks.

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.

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