Google I/O 2017: Google Announces Android Go, Lightweight OS For Cheap Devices

Elizabeth Williams
May 20, 2017

At a time when users are increasingly concerned about cyber security, Google has launched Play Protect, a feature that will protect Android devices from harmful apps.

Google Lens, which will be available in the upcoming Android O and in Google's new VR headset uses image recognition to give you information at whatever you may be looking at. According to the reports, Google will now have a new Android Go alongside the Android O. The Android Go is a special version of the android made to run on the lower end devices. Alongside the Android O, the company also announced Android Go which is an optimised Android software for entry-level consumers on devices with up to 1GB of RAM.

There are also some clever context-aware editing tools: during the demo, Google showed how its new app could digitally remove the links of a chain fence to reveal a baseball player standing behind. But for cases when you're in a public space and don't want to disturb others or be heard, Google is now adding the option of typing in your request. Android O Beta Program is now available for the public with the new Developer Preview 2 release.

The new system sees Google not only checking apps as they are submitted to the Play Store, but monitoring the apps you already have installed. The idea sounds easy but Google will have to work on it carefelly so there won't be any compromise.

Android Go is designed with features relevant for people who have limited data connectivity and speak multiple languages. Google also started to work with Clover to improve on their smart tap technology. Walgreens, for example, will send Android Pay users a notification on their smartphone that lets them link their Walgreens loyalty card to Android Pay for use on future visits, after they've first paid using Android Pay while giving their loyalty account info manually at checkout.

Android Pay may have Samsung Pay and Apple Pay as its closest rivals but Google's own mobile payment service has an edge over those two.

Among them was the launch of Google Play Protect, which is built into the Play Store, and created to make Android's security features "more visible" to users.

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