Google Assistant coming to feature phones, starting with India's JioPhone


Google has officially rolled out its Google Assistant for the Reliance JioPhone.

"This will help bring the benefits of the Google Assistant to millions of first time internet users on the JioPhone with an intuitive voice-based user interface, along with a rich set of data services". The first phones running on this version will arrive early-2018. Google is customizing the Assistant experience to fit the 2.4-inch QVGA screen, but when it comes to usability the AI should work the same way it does on Android and iOS devices.

Google Go app for entry-level smartphones.

The new features were launched at "Google for India" event in Delhi today.

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"There is also a new set of pre-installed Google apps, including Google Go and the Google Assistant for Android Oreo (Go edition), created to be lighter and more relevant to the unique needs of the next billion users", the search company said.

Additionally, Google also revealed that the Assistant is coming to JioPhone. In 2015, Google CEO Sundar Pichai hosted the event and announced free Wi-Fi at 100 railway stations, faster internet search, YouTube pause to buffer, among other relevant things.

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

The appetite for Internet consumption in India will increase steadily over the next 3 years as more and more users log onto the World Wide Web, and Rajan Anandan VP, South East Asia and India at Google, says they will need an Internet that is much different from what it is today.

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"Once people pay a bill on Tez, they never have to add the billing organization again".

Furthermore, it is also said that there are over 5.25 lakh merchants already on board, and several small businesses are already using Tez to make and receive payments. "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".

As features of Google Go App, users to customise it as according to their preferences. For one, it is 4G LTE and VoLTE-ready which means that it has the capability to become a user's full-fledged internet device, much like a smartphone.

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