Google For India: Android Oreo (Go Edition) launched for budget phones with limited specs!

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New Delhi: On Tuesday, at the third edition of its annual ‘Google for India’ event, Google announced several new India-first products and features that offer a richer experience for the ever-growing base of Indian internet users. These additions both speak to the specific lifestyles of all Indians -two-wheeler navigation in Google Maps, bill pay in T62 as well as the needs of India’s newest internet users -Android Oreo (Go edition) to improve the experience on low-RAM phones, new apps like Google Go and Files Go that are built from scratch, and The Google Assistant for the JioPhone that brings the benefits of the Assistant to millions of first-time internet users.

Opening the event, Rajan Anandan, VP, South East Asia, said, “India crossed the 400 million internet user mark this year and Indians were consuming more data than ever before -488 on average every month, projected to grow to 11GB per month in the next four years. The growing base of Internet users is hungry for better online experiences and we at Google have been working to build new products and features specifically for them.”

Setting the tone for the new launches Caesar Sengupta, Vice-President, Next Billion Users said, “Our India-first suite of products and features are aimed to help more people discover how the internet can make life easier and more convenient whether it’s helping pay bills on time, navigating through the quickest routes or searching for answers to questions wherever we are.

Sameer Samat, VP, Product Management, Play + Android, announced that Android Oreo (Go edition) a new smartphone experience for entry-level devices is available to the Android ecosystem of developers, partners and carriers as part of today’s release of Android 8.1. Phones running Android Oreo (Go edition) will hit shelves in the coming months. Oreo devices with 512MB to 168 of RAM will get all the optimizations that come with Android Oreo (Go edition), including a better performing 08 with built-in data management features and security benefits. There is also a new set of pre-installed Google apps, including Google Go and Google Assistant for Android Oreo (Go edition), designed to be lighter and more relevant to the unique needs of the next billion users. Android Oreo (Go edition) smartphones also come with a version of the Google Play Store that enables users to download any app, while highlighting the apps
designed to work best on Go edition devices.

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