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Google Maps introduces two-wheeler mode in India

Google Maps introduces two-wheeler mode in India

The Google Assistant for JioPhone will be available in English and Hindi. Android Oreo (Go edition) smartphones also come with a version of the Google Play Store that allows people to download any app, while highlighting the apps created to work best on Go edition devices. The experience would be customised for the JioPhone's smaller 2.4-inch screen, so would the functionality, but all in all Google is looking to offer the same level of usability on the JioPhone as it does on a high-end smartphone. "The Assistant can help make phone calls, text, play music and videos, navigate and search the internet, and access other apps and services", the company said.

Currently, there are almost 400 million Internet users in India along with over 300 million smartphone users.

Google has been fairly active in rolling out India-centric features for Maps. "It's less than 5MB to download, and search results in Google Go are optimized to save up to 40 per cent data", Sengupta added.

Google Assistant is finally getting the third-party integration in India.

Google Go is light on storage and data and works efficiently on patchy connections. Tez will also remind users when certain bills are due.

"Tez" will support bill payments for Tata Power, MTNL, DishTV, CPDCL and other utility providers that will include national and state electricity providers, water, DTH and gas recharges.

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Caesar Sengupta also added that the app had processed 140 million transactions since the official launch, which is 4x growth compared to the average transaction size in the country.

"There are more than 525,000 merchants already on Tez, using it to take payments, pay their suppliers or transfer money to employees".

The "two-wheeler" mode will help bikers find the fastest route for their destination.

Martha Welsh, Google Maps' strategic partner development manager, said, of the decision to start in India: "It's important that we get this right". The feature is now introduced for India only, as there are a maximum number of Bike users in the country. After its announcement and launch in May 2016, this is the first time that the tool comes to a feature phone.

With this in mind, Google Maps has introduced a new feature to help two-wheeler riders in India.


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