The company also announced a new set of pre-installed Google apps, including Google Go (a new lighter app from Google Search) and Google Assistant for Android Oreo (Go edition). "For example, Data Saver in Chrome saves the average user more than 600MB of data per year", Google said. Optimized apps will use less RAM, storage and mobile data. Once users pay a bill on Tez, they will never have to add the billing organization again.
Launching another India first product, Two-Wheeler Mode in Google Maps, Martha Welsh, Director Google Maps said, "India is the world's largest two-wheeler market and the navigation needs of these millions of riders are different from automobile drivers". As you use the app more, it'll fine-tune its suggestions, Google says. It will also show major landmarks on the route so that riders can better plan their trip before starting, and not keep checking their phone on-the-go. For instance, the Google apps running on the Go Edition take up 50 percent less space. The Android Oreo (Go edition) improves performance and storage through data management and comes with all security benefits built-in.
Smartphones that are compatible with with Android Oreo (Go edition) are those that only have 512MB to 1GB of RAM.
Originally announced at Google I/O 2017 annual developer conference, this OS is a toned down version of the latest Android Oreo OS which is now present in high-end devices. Google has started pushing the new mobile operating system to Nexus and Pixel devices, and expects to complete the rollout over the next week. Google Go is easy-to-use and works fast even on entry-level devices and spotty connections, making discovering, sharing and finding content easy and more reliable.
The feature will be rolled out gradually over the next few weeks to users, who will receive a notification when the feature becomes available to them. Google Go, a new app to find information, optimises data by up to 40 percent, weighs less than 5MB in size, and has a simple, tappable interface.
Google's Files Go, an app meant to clear out your phone clutter, is no longer in beta.
"We've been testing Files Go for a month, and the average user is saving 1GB of space", company vice president Caesar Sengupta wrote in a Tuesday blog post. Finally, the Google Play Store version on the OS will be adjusted.
Google, which has increased its focus on the Indian market in recent years with initiatives including providing free wifi services at railway stations, is competing with the likes of Facebook and its WhatsApp messenger services for the attention of hundreds of millions of new internet users.
The Google Assistant for JioPhone will be available in English and Hindi. That will provide Android users with entry-level phones more space for music, apps and photos, he added. She said, "In spite of the socio-economic challenges, thousands of Internet Saathis have gone on to do fantastic things, once they learnt the Internet".
Even for those 400 million or so already connected to the internet in India, consumption of mobile data has seen a huge spurt following the entry of a new carrier Reliance Jio, backed by the country's richest man Mukesh Ambani.