During its annual Google for India event on Tuesday, the technology giant announced several important Next Billion user initiatives relevant to the Indian market. Google presented its efforts in the country during the event and gave a look at all new features developed with Indian users in mind. The company announced a new initiative called Project Navlekha and renamed Tez for Google Pay, and also announced a number of upcoming features for Google Go and Android (Go edition). The biggest announcement was that thanks to AI-based technology Google Go users can now "listen to web pages". Meanwhile, Google has also announced that Samsung is ready to launch its first Android Oreo (Go-edition) smartphone in India, something the South Korean company revealed last week.
Google has unveiled two brand new features: bilingual news feed and audio playback. Google has announced that Google Feed will be a bilingual feed with support for English and Hindi and will be delivered on Google Go in the coming months. "The search feed now shows your favorite news from both English and Hindi sources, using AI to learn which types of stories you like best," said Rajan Anandan, Vice President, India and Southeast Asia through a blog post. Google recalled that Google had announced a review of its mobile search app in July last year with a personalized feed with links in the US. The new offer was given the name & # 39; Google Feed & # 39; and the company had said that the changes would be implemented in other countries in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, audio playback is a new feature on Google Go that allows users to listen to web pages. The new feature, made possible by natural language processing and speech synthesis AI, says Google, can read billions of web pages smoothly in & # 39; a natural-sounding voice & # 39 ;. It supports 28 languages, including Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Marathi and Tamil – and even works on 2G connections. In addition, Google says that this technology depends on AI to determine which parts of a page to read and which should be omitted. Google also brings definitions and statements to search for Indian users.
"Using this technology makes the use of text in a long form as easy as watching TV or listening to the radio." It is also useful for multitasking, such as following a recipe while cooking, listening to articles during sports or catching up on news about your commute, "Yossi Matias, VP, Engineering and Simon Tokumine, Senior Product Manager, writing in a Google blog post. They said that in the future Google would like to offer the opportunity to listen to web pages for more of its products.
Meanwhile, Google says that Indian hardware partners on Android, such as Micromax, Lava, Nokia and Transsion, make Android (Go-edition) phones "at prices that are within the reach of more Indians". The company claims that more than 150 OEMs work with Google for Android Go to launch 400 devices around the world by the end of 2018. It said that more than 50 percent of Android Go handsets users upgrade directly of function phones. Meanwhile, Google said that at the beginning of this moment Samsung will continue with the release of its first Android smartphone (Go edition), the Galaxy J2 Core, which was launched last week without price or exact availability.
Google at the event repeated the announcement of Android Pie (Go edition). The company, in one chatter, says that devices that upgrade to the Android Pie Go edition now have access to better security, additional storage capacity of 50 MB, faster boot time and more.