Google unveils new India-first products to connect next billion

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

Beside this, Google also launched the Android Oreo (Go Edition) and an app Google Go (for Android Oreo) in India targetting entry-level smartphones. Google at its Google For India event announced Bill payments will come to Google Tez app in India Soon. As the number of internet users grows per day, Google aims to build new products and features specifically for India.

"The Assistant can help make phone calls, text, play music and videos, navigate and search the internet, and access other apps and services", said Google.

Currently, there are almost 400 million Internet users in India along with over 300 million smartphone users.

"Google for India" is an annual event which is being held for the third consecutive year.

Google has said that Google Go is fast even on entry level devices and spotty connections, making discovering, sharing and finding content easier and more reliable. "It's less than 5MB to download, and search results in Google Go are optimized to save up to 40 per cent data", Sengupta added. Starting Tuesday, the app supports bill payments for Tata Power, Airtel, ACT, DishTV, DoCoMo, among other utility providers.

In India a new navigation mode
In India a new navigation modeImage google

"Over the next few weeks, Tez will offer a customised experience to pay bills from within the app".

The company announced "Files Go", a new app that helps free up space, find files faster and share files offline with people nearby. There are more than 525,000 merchants already on Tez.

Dubbed as the Motorcycle mode, with this option the two-wheeler drivers will be able to know the best suitable route and more accurate time to reach their destination.

India is the largest two-wheeler market in the world.

If you're on a bicycle or motorcycle, it's easier to maneuver through traffic than with a vehicle - and now, Google Maps has finally caught on to the idea.

For now, it looks like the two-wheeler mode is limited to India, but Google may launch it in other markets provided there's enough interest. This is the first time Voice Assistant will be available in any feature phone.

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