Google I/O 2017: Google unveils Android Go for entry-level smartphones


"We've been using voice as an input across many of our products". From metallic coins to paper bills, to payment cards, we are now in the era of digital mobile wallets.

According to PC Advisor, the compatible smartphones or tablets that can run the Android O public beta are the Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel C, Google Nexus 6P, Google Nexus 5X and Nexus Player. The upcoming new version of Android is called Android "O".

In a blog post describing the new service, the Android security team wrote: "Play Protect is built into every device with Google Play, is always updating, and automatically takes action to keep your data and device safe, so you don't have to lift a finger". This, along with Google's previous announcements of partnerships with Visa and Mastercard, and Paypal integration should go a long way to help Google in terms of user ease of use and compatibility in order to compete with Apple Pay. New app notifications are also added on Android O. The new Google operating system also improved its copy and paste feature.

In a blog post, Google confirmed that it would soon allow US users to send or receive payments directly using Google Assistant. This undoubtedly provides an unprecedented level convenience to small financial transactions.

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While it was not mentioned directly, the person on the receiving end of the money transfer will presumably also have to have a debit card attached to their Google Account.

Popular American chain of bakery-café "Panera Bread" will be one of the first merchants who will roll out this new capability nationally. But this is Beta program and would be a little better than the Developer Preview. The user will be asked to login to their Google account.

Google is clearly deeply committed to Android Pay. GE, LG, and Whirlpool smart appliances can now be connected to the Google Home speaker you'll be buying soon enough.