Google announces Payment API, Assistant payments, targeted Android Pay loyalty offers & more

At the Google I/O 2017 opening keynote the company touched on Android Go, a new version of Android built for budget smartphones in developing markets. It comes in the form of a separate application that can be downloaded from the App Store.

Google has partnered with First Data-owned Clover to integrate smart tap into Clover's developer APIs, too. If you opted for a more popular smartphone but you're itching to see what's new in Android O, don't worry because we've got you covered.

At a time when users are increasingly concerned about cyber security, Google has launched Play Protect, a feature that will protect Android devices from harmful apps. Everyone's favorite voice-powered assistant is already the most capable one out there, but Google's enhanced AI and advancements in machine learning are now taking Google Assistant to the next level.

Google announces Payment API, Assistant payments, targeted Android Pay loyalty offers & more

Even better, it will have a ton of languages supported when it is released, which makes it great for the national and worldwide markets. Ahead of that, however, Google plans to incorporate aspects of Android Go's goals into the next version of its OS, Android O, expected to be released later this summer. Included on that list are Android O's new notifications, the updated settings interface, new quick-settings available on icons, and more. Though Google has said in the past that it would be looking at lowering the minimum software versions to possibly Android 4.X - though that seems to have now changed. This lightweight flavor of Android O is meant to run on devices with 1GB of RAM or less, and it includes optimized apps and a focus on data management.

The company will use visual context to understand what the user is pointing at and provide suggestions or actions, while also carrying a conversation.

  • Arturo Norris