Google I/O 2017: 'Android O' beta version released

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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. You can also download YouTube Go videos over Wi-Fi for offline viewing absolutely free - something that is now a paid feature in YouTube Red.

But that is now changing, over 3 years since the app debuted on the Play Store. Google Play Protect is a user-accessible version of Google's Verify Apps system which scans all content on Google Play for malware and other security flaws. Go to google.com/android/beta, log in with the same Google account you use on your Nexus or Pixel device, and flag the device to receive the beta. This feature will also run on company's messaging app "Allo". Android Go users will still have access to the entire app catalog in the Play Store.

What's the difference between Android Go and Android O? Of course, there were lots of new bits and pieces of information on Android O as well seeing as how Google launched the second developer preview yesterday while also launching the Android O Beta Program.

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When is the Android Go release date? Misplaced your Android Wear device?

At the Google I/O, the Google Assistant has received an array of new features. The availability of the AI might be limited on the iOS devices but that is certainly not the case for Android users. Recently, it got the ability to add multiple profiles to Home, and now it has announced more features at I/O 2017.

You go round to a friend's house and ask to connect to their WiFi network, and they hand you a slip of paper with a 35-character password consisting of an incomprehensible combination of numbers.