Google Files Go App Launches Globally

Posted December 05, 2017

Google noted that Android has grown to more than 2 billion active devices around the world, with more users in India than the US.

In another big win, Hotstar, India's leading video streaming platform, has been named in the Most Entertaining Apps of 2017 by Google Play, the largest global app store for Android mobile devices.

But many of those devices in developing markets are low end with little memory or internal storage, and for many users downloading data is either hard, expensive or both.

"Go" is Google's new series of products that are aimed for the Indian market. These apps take up less space on the phone and also consume less data and resources while running.

At its launch, the bill payment facility will support over 70 billers, including national and state electricity providers, gas and water, and DTH recharge, Google said. Once users pay a bill on Tez, they will never have to add the billing organization again. It will start shipping on actual devices in the coming months. On Android Oreo (Go edition) though, Google's managed to optimise the OS code to make it more compact. The Google Go will power the search on the devices powered by Oreo (Go Edition).

Google has also introduced a new app for Google Search known as Google Go.

The list of apps that have been refined include Google, Google Assistant, Google Maps, Gmail, Chrome, YouTube and Files. Also, the UI is user friendly with tap first approach.

Files Go, file management software, was originally unveiled as a beta app last month.

Google Play Developer also changed its monetisation rules, banning lock screen ads from appearing on Android phones, eliminating a major irritant for many users. Since entry-level smartphones usually feature limited internal storage, Google has reduced the size of its preinstalled apps by up to 50 percent to increase storage space by up to two times.

Google claims that the average app is now 15 percent faster on Android Go. Go Edition will be available globally. This special version of the Google Assistant in both English and Hindi will appear on the new Reliance JioPhones. Google is partnering with entry to mid level smartphone makers for the Go Edition.