Google Assistant comes to Reliance JioPhone: Here's what we know


The Google Assistant version for Jio Phone will be available in English and Hindi, and respond to voice search queries.

Android Oreo (Go edition) smartphones also come with a version of the Google Play Store which will highlight low-resource oriented apps suited for the device. Android Oreo (Go edition) smartphones also come with a version of the Google Play Store that allows people to download any app, while highlighting the apps created to work best on Go edition devices. It's a new effort by Google to launch budget-friendly Android smartphones for developing markets. 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. By making Assistant available on feature phones, Google can reach a huge pool of new users and bring them online, in line with its Next Billion Users strategy.

Google also unveiled special navigation apps tailored for two wheelers - people who can not keep checking the phone's display as they ride. Google Maps director Martha Welsh made an official announcement at Google for India event.

Files Go helps users free up space on their devices, find files faster and share files offline with people nearby. Starting Tuesday, the app supports bill payments for Tata Power, Airtel, ACT, DishTV, DoCoMo, among other utility providers.

Sengupta further revealed that there are 5.25 lakh merchants already on Tez and that small businesses were also using Tez to pay suppliers, and transfer money to employees.

Two-wheeler mode in Google Maps to help provide short-cut routes to motorcycle and scooter riders. Now when you choose to get directions for a destination, Maps also shows you a "two-wheeler" mode along with auto, public transportation and walking.

"The India-first feature is the new "two-wheeler mode" in Google Maps".

The routes are generally faster (if not shorter), as they take into account shortcuts that are more easily accessible by two-wheeler, or offer directions that are quicker to navigate than when in you're in a larger vehicle. This is the first time Voice Assistant will be available in any feature phone.