India exclusive mobile payments app Google Tez re-branded to Google Pay

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Google has announced the Android Pie Go edition as an upgrade to Android Oreo Go Edition. But mostly, the key announcements were centered around Google Search, Google Tez, Google Assistant, vernacular languages and Google Maps.

"Powered by natural language processing and speech synthesis AI, this technology can read billions of webpages smoothly in a natural sounding voice". It's comprised of three optimized areas - the operating system, Google Play Store, and Google apps - ... They're also building something called the "merchant experience" so that businesses can find more customers through Google Maps and customised notifications.

Now supports Marathi, with seven more Indian languages coming soon.

The service supports 28 languages, including prominent Indian languages like Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Marathi, and Tamil.

Google's main goal of creating the Android Go platform is to bring the best features of the latest Android OS to affordable devices.

Google's announcements this year focus on furthering their efforts to localise their ecosystem for Indian users.

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Google Tez is Google's UPI-based payment platform in India.

Apart from optimising Android for affordable devices with limited hardware functionalities, Google has also made the Google Assistant more accessible to Indian users.

Launched last September, Tez utilises India's Unified Payments Interface to enable smartphone users to send money to each other and pay for goods and services both offline and online.

It's quite clear that the internet ecosystem is concerned with India as it is the next major frontier for major tech companies.

At present, the amount of online content in Indian languages is only one per cent of what is available in English. A tipster has shown us this applies to Google's lightweight Go search app, too.

"People using Google Go come from many different backgrounds, and some might want extra tools to help read and pronounce new words-for example those with visual or reading impairments, people studying a foreign language, or those less comfortable reading long text", the firm said in a blog post. The company is also carrying out a pilot project in Delhi and Bengaluru that involves helping merchants find customers through Google Maps and its Search products. Not only is it being replicated across the world, the company has plans of introducing it in Andhra Pradesh to expand its reach to 10 million more people.

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