Google introduces standalone VR headsets, Android Go, new photo tools

Fernando Stephens
May 18, 2017

Android Go is basically a "skinny" version of Android "O," the next operating system from Google. A feature called Google Play Protect, meanwhile, will scan all your apps for malicious software. 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. Android O is set to boot twice as fast as that of Android 7.0 Nougat, and apps are predicted to be faster and more responsive.

This Wednesday, April 26, 2017, photo shows a Google icon on a mobile phone, in Philadelphia. Go is a trimmed down version of Android built upon three keys ideas: OS, apps, and Play Store.

Pinterest has a similar tool.

Google is about to provide the latest peek at its digital services and gadgets as it seeks to become an even more influential force in people's lives.

Android O is a major update for Google's mobile platform, and it's bringing with it a major focus on entry-level devices.

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If you still don't trust that you'll get the shots that you want, Google Photos is also adding Shared Libraries.

As part of a years-old tradition, Google will name the next Android version after a dessert or sweet-tasting snack beginning with the letter "O".

The idea is that Google will bug your friends to share photos so you don't have to.

Android Go will be a lightweight version of Android O that targets devices with less powerful hardware. "You can finally share and receive all the photos that really matter to you, without the work", Google says.

The overview came today during Google's annual conference for thousands of computer programmers. Some of the unveiled products won't be out until later this year.

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