Android Go is Google's Latest Venture for Chasing the Next Billion Users

Gwen Vasquez
May 18, 2017

The Assistant's already available on more than 100 million devices, Google said, but it'll soon come to a new platform: Apple's iPhone.

Today Google kicked off its I/O event with a keynote that covered a wide array of announcements, several of which were particularly relevant for Apple users.

Optimizing every major component will allow the handset to function a lot better when it comes to daily tasks and most users who buy products in this price range never go past calling, searching the web and watching videos, two of which are done using Google's services.

With it- you can point your smartphone camera at an object and as long as Google lens recognizes it- it will give you more information about that object. "We've been using voice as an input across many of our products".

Google's using artificial intelligence to accomplish incredible feats like predicting the properties of new molecules, discovering new drugs, and improving DNA sequencing.

For example, opening an email containing an invitation to dinner might trigger a prompt to reply "I'm in".

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Those devices will be able to understand more languages. Previously, the assistant worked only on Google's Android software. The top country to have these is India where Google has been aggressively pushing its services like YouTube Go which is also designed for areas with poor connectivity. And since we now support multiple people on one Google Home, your Assistant can make sure that you call your mom-not your partner or roommate's mom! Most of these functions will be refined on the basis of your personal preferences stored in the search giant. "They really pushed that message hard".

Why this matters: The Google Assistant for iOS sure sounds like a better voice-enabled assistant.

Google used the conference to announce a software kit that will let developers build Assistant capabilities into robots, applications, and other computerized creations.

Now, Google is drawing upon that treasure trove to teach new tricks to its digital assistant, which debuted past year on its Pixel phone and an internet-connected speaker called Home that is trying to mount a challenge to Amazon's Echo. During Google's I/O 2017 conference, the search giant unveiled Android Go, an upcoming version of the popular mobile operating system that is optimized for low-spec devices, specifically smartphones with 1GB of RAM or less.

The Assistant will be available today on iOS devices running firmware version 9.1 and higher. In the coming months, just ask your Assistant and it will connect you to mobile phones or landlines in the US or Canada, free. For those on budgets, Google has some love for you, too: Google is trying again with a version of Android for cheaper devices.

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