With its new version of Android, Google wants to make the smartphone even smarter …
Thursday, May 28, the group announced the new version of Android at its annual conference with developers in San Francisco. The mobile operating system of the internet giant Google , wants smartphones to be more intelligent . The aim is to ensure that the search engine retains its place in a world where applications are gaining more and more ground. Google has presented a taste of Android M , which is due out later this year .
This version contains a new version of “Google Now”, a personal assistant voice-activated Siri who wants to compete with Apple and Microsoft Cortana. But the version of Android wants to go further: it will activate the assistance software even if other applications are active, and collect information in their phone. For now, it can already draw from the calendar, emails and elsewhere, with the user’s permission, for some actions, such as remember that it is time to leave to catch a plane or recover the place where his car is parked.
Google has also unveiled at the conference phone payment system for devices with its Android operating system, in order to compete with Apple in the field of mobile payments. Pay Android meets the owners of mobile devices, payment networks, banks and merchants to allow smartphone users to pay with their camera without needing a credit card. Android Pay operate in more than 700 000 US merchants that accept payments via mobile devices, said Dave Burke, vice president of Google.
Pay Android is very similar to apple pay system launched last year. It allows consumers to enter data from their credit cards in their phones to then pay at merchants. The launch date for the public Android Pay has not been announced, but the application “will be downloadable soon on Google Play”, as the Internet giant.
IOS software Apple and Android share almost all of the smartphone market.Pay Apple also works with Apple Watch, but Google did not say whether the new system would work in the future with other smartwatches with Android software.