Some of Google's new features seem ... familiar

Posted May 19, 2017

Starting with Android 4.4, Google began to support a "low RAM" flag for devices with 512MB of memory. Android Go will work on entry-level devices that only have 512MB to 1GB of RAM. This is already available on the Echo and other devices that use its Alexa assistant.

Google Home, which is seen rivaling Amazon's Echo smart speaker, has a slew of new features.

In the Google I/O, Google has announced the successor of the current Android OS i.e. Nougat with Android O which is now for the developers with its beta version. The feature will come to market with the regular version of Android O, which is now in beta and will be available this fall.

Android Device Manager is now called Find My Device. In addition to the OS, it's integrated in Google apps like YouTube and Chrome and a lighter Google Play Store. Google I/O 2017 is a three-day conference from May 17 to May 20 in Mountain View, California.

MEETING SIRI ON HER TURF: Google's digital assistant is hoping to outsmart Siri on Apple's iPhone. The only way to activate Google Assistant is to open the app from the app drawer. In the keynote, Sundar Pichai revealed that the number of monthly active Android devices now exceeds 2 billion. Google said the first Android Go smartphone will arrive in 2018.

Google is making another go at getting cheap Android phones to support its latest software, an attempt to lock more consumers in the developing world into the Internet giant's services.

Google Home becomes more useful: Within months Google Home user will be able to make and receive calls and text messages using the Google Home device.

Android Go will launch at the same time as Android O officially lands on devices, which will likely be October.

It was one of the smaller announcements at the I/O developer conference this week, and many Android users won't even notice the change.

After rolling out the first developer preview for it, Google has now completed and released its Android O Beta.

Android O users will also notice things like a new app notification design, a boost to battery life and a faster overall experience.