Google Assistant will soon arrive on a $25 feature phone in India

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When Google first took the wraps off a very ambitious Android Go program for entry-level device optimization, no single country was named as a primary target. You can also use it to search on the Internet and access other apps and services. While the interface may be different, the core functionality of the service is expected to stay the same, meaning JioPhone users will get to enjoy numerous same features that are available to smartphone users.

Google today gave a distinction to Reliance JioPhone by making it the first feature phone with Google Assistant support.

The user interface is "tap-first" to make typing on a small phone less cumbersome than usual, with the app's under 5MB size and various optimizations created to save both storage and data consumption.

To recall, On July 21, Reliance unveiled the JioPhone feature phone for the Indian consumers.

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The Google Assistant for JioPhone will be available in English and Hindi, the company announced during an event here. Google Go has three special features. These Go apps were launched alongside Android Oreo Go, an optimized version of Android Oreo for entry-level smartphones.

"Hello Jio" mimics the popular Google Assistant by carrying out users' voice commands.

Now Google is bringing a customized version of Assistant (with Hindi voice support) to the device, that is adapted to the JioPhone's 2.4-inch QVGA color screen.

"These products and features are India-first, but they are not India-only".

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"Then you have those who are just adopting Internet". The two-wheeler mode tries to be safer for riders as it provides a detailed log of landmarks before they set out so they are cont constantly checking the smartphones as they are riding.

Lastly, Google is also planning to introduce bill payments to the Tez digital payments app.

The company has not confirmed when the feature would be available in the JioPhone. Sengupta told PTI that he expects handset makers to bring smartphones based on Android Oreo (Go) edition in early 2018. Once you make the payment it shall also save the details of the payment and remind you about the pending bill for next month.

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