Tech giant Google today unveiled a slew of new solutions, such as Android Oreo Go edition for low-priced smartphones and a bike mode for Maps, aimed at driving Internet adoption across markets, including India. The experience would be customised for the JioPhone's smaller 2.4-inch screen, so would the functionality, but all in all Google is looking to offer the same level of usability on the JioPhone as it does on a high-end smartphone.
Google hosted its "Google for India" event at New Delhi today.
Google on Tuesday launched a new application called Google Go that aims to target emerging markets where internet connections are patchy and most users are on slower networks.
Caesar Sengupta, Vice-President, Next Billion Users, said Google's India-first suite of products and features are aimed to help more people discover how the Internet can make life easier and more convenient.
Google Assistant on the JioPhone will be available in both English and Hindi, and users will be able to issue voice commands or type in their queries.
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"Then you have those who are just adopting Internet".
Talking about Tez launched in September this year, Sengupta said the app now has 12 million users.
Sengupta said bill payments are a key use case, and that the company will keep rolling out improvements on this front every few weeks.
"There are more than 525,000 merchants already on Tez, using it to take payments, pay their suppliers or transfer money to employees". There are 500 million feature phone users in India alone (out of a total market of 780 million), so there's clearly some untapped potential. It has tap-first user interface which helps people explore new ideas, find things to share and guide them around the web.
Lastly, Google introduced a new feature dubbed 'Sparks.' According to Google, this feature is a 'little moments of delight, ' when a customer enters a specific word or phrase while making a payment. One can also choose an app background from the device's gallery.
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