Google Android OS installed on 2 billion active devices

Angelica Greene
May 19, 2017

Also for Android users Google introduced Google Play Protect, its own security software for Android devices.

Google's I/O Developer conference 2017 brought about the announcements of Google Assistant on iPhone, new Android O features and the launch of Android Go. Google is also rolling out the ability to make hands-free calls in the coming months only in the USA and Canada.

Despite releasing its voice-activated speaker almost two years after its rival the Amazon Echo, Google slowing bridging the gap with the announcement of a host of new features for its Home device. That means if you have a more limited internet package you can make it go further with Android Go and the light apps it highlights. Android Go is a configuration of Android O that's optimized for smartphones with just 512MB to 1GB of RAM and will activate automatically when installed on these devices. And that could help Google's effort to make Android more appealing than Apple 's iOS mobile operating system.

An example of an optimized app for Android Go is YouTube Go, which is able to preview videos first even before loading it, according to TechCrunch.

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It's also a win for developers because it encourages people to try new apps before they download them.

Android Go will also come with a data management tool in the quick settings, so that users can easily see how much data they have left;Plus, Chrome browser will enable Android's data-saver feature by default.

Of course, Google Lens has a bunch of other functions, like being able to identify any species of flower your point your phone at, or bringing up information on a band from an image of their poster. If you opted for a more popular smartphone but you're itching to see what's new in Android O, don't worry because we've got you covered. The company also announced the milestone of 2 billion active Android devices around the world. But we do have some info now what this Android Go is and why you should be excited about it.

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