Google takes another swing at cheap Android phones

Angelica Greene
May 19, 2017

Addressing thousands of developers at the annual Google I/O conference on Wednesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai outlined the company's new strategy to transition from mobile first to artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Google still has a lot of improvements to make with the Android operating system. The service will launch in 2018.

Google has released the tools needed to make Android Instant Apps to the public so that developers can chop up their existing app interface into bite sizes and have them pulled up as users traverse the web on their Android device. The company envisions a world in which unbelievable photos are no longer left on people's phones because other pressing things in life got in the way.

India has more active Android users than the US, Sameer Samat, a Google executive, said on stage on Wednesday.

"In order for AI capabilities to grow, it needs to train on large data sets, and Google has access to Android mobile services, Google search, Google Voice, Google Photos, etc.", Krewell pointed out. With the Android Beta Program, downloading the Android O will be easy. The service was created to tailor the latest Android operating system for phones costing around $100 or less. Misplaced your Android Wear device? The upcoming new version of Android is called Android "O". Both are aimed at getting more people to use the company's services, even if they live in developing countries and use cheap, older phones. A feature called Google Play Protect, meanwhile, will scan all your apps for malicious software. Samat mentioned YouTube as one app, but declined to name others.

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It's no longer just Google Home and an app on Android phones - Assistant is going to be everywhere you use Google.

CTBC Bank said the Android Pay service uses near field communication (NFC) technology to wirelessly communicate with point of sales systems with Google security functions and transmit card information to complete fund transfers to retailers, facilitating speedy transactions in a safe and simple way.

Indian handset vendors Micromax, Lava and Karbonn, which are major players in the mass market segment that Google wants to target and were also its partners for Android One, said Thursday they are looking forward to working with the U.S. company's new OS.

It's becoming increasingly apparent that Google Assistant is being positioned as the glue that holds together all of Google's devices. Samat declined to share any carrier or manufacturing partners Google has with Android Go.

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