Google Android OS installed on 2 bn active devices

Users will soon be able to make phone calls using the device, and the HBO Now streaming service, owned by Time Warner Inc, will be integrated as well. Meaning that, even though your Android phone already comes with some apps out of the box courtesy of OS developer Google, you can expand upon that collection by simply entering the Play Store. Google is expected to give the crowd a look at new twists in its Android software for mobile devices.

Google will also tune the Android apps to consume less space on the phone, use minimal mobile data, and use less RAM. Many apps on the Play Store also feature Android Pay support so you can easily pay and finish transactions.

Notification Dots are iOS-esque features, which put a dot next to the app icons, showcasing that there are unread notifications in the app.

David Burke, VP, Google said, "There are more than 2 billion monthly active Android devices globally".

Exhausted of Siri? Well, you can now get the "chatty" Google Assistant installed on your iPhone. In other words, the best new features Android has to offer have precious little to do with Android itself. Google announced TensorFlow Lite that can help apps to be smaller in size yet perform at faster speeds utilizing machine learning on smartphones.

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Google said that they have been building the technology behind the Lens for many years and that this new initiative represents a grown-up version of the visual search up Google Goggles, introduced in 2010. This combats the problem of Android apps that install as benign and later download malicious components.

Another significant new offering is an API aimed at merchants, who want to reward their most loyal customers.

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".

Android O Beta Google showcased Android O which is now globally available as part of Android O Beta Program. Google's Lens App plays a major role in this particular feature.

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