At the Google for India tournament in Delhi, Google introduced a sequence of latest options and tasks designed for India and the creating global at huge. The maximum necessary is Android Go, a light-weight version of Android made for entry-level units that experience little garage and no more than 1GB of RAM. But Google isn’t preventing at low-end smartphones.
Despite the rising incidence of smartphones, masses of tens of millions of other people nonetheless use feature telephones, which don’t run Android, however do feature web connectivity. So Google is bringing its Assistant to those telephones, starting with the Reliance JioTelephone.
JioTelephone is a 4G feature telephone that runs KaiOS, a customized running machine in line with Firefox OS. Launched previous this 12 months and to be had without cost (with a deposit) to Jio subscribers, the instrument in fact has its personal voice assistant, known as HiJio.
Now Google is bringing a custom designed model of Assistant (with Hindi voice enhance) to the instrument, this is tailored to the JioTelephone’s 2.Four-inch QVGA colour display. While the interface is also other, the core capability of the provider is anticipated to keep the similar, which means JioTelephone customers gets to revel in lots of the similar options which might be to be had to smartphone customers.
It’s now not transparent but if Google is operating with different feature telephone makers as neatly (Nokia may well be a excellent candidate). There are 500 million feature telephone customers in India by myself (out of a complete marketplace of 780 million), so there’s obviously some untapped possible. As parts transform less expensive, the technological hole between feature telephones and smartphones is shrinking. By making Assistant to be had on feature telephones, Google can succeed in an enormous pool of latest customers and produce them on-line, in line with its Next Billion Users technique.