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Android Go phones will soon be a reality in India. Much of the update has been specifically focused around Nexus and Pixel handsets - Google's own devices, if you will - and as such, Nexus and Pixel users will likely be the ones most interested in seeing what changes are incoming. Among many high-profile components and features is the device's operating system, namely the latest version of Android, the 8.0 release codenamed Oreo. They asked not to be identified discussing the private plans.

Android controls the middle to the low-end global smartphone market while Apple dominates the high-end. Embracing the notch may help change that. Fortunately, Google hasn't made note of any instance of users being affected by security issues, which is good news following word of potential CPU vulnerabilities revealed by the company's own Project Zero late a year ago.

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Bloomberg makes it clear that since the Android software can still be tweaked by manufacturers, not all Android devices will have notches.

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The Iphone X notch coming to Androids won't be entirely new, however, as some China-made phones have already incorporated the design into their phones. And we now have information about what major features to expect. Huawei Technologies Co, a large Chinese vendor, is working on a similar model, according to people familiar with its development.

On top of all this, the new operating system should see Google promote and improve its own integrated digital assistant to compete with Apple's Siri and Inc's Alexa.

The other significant step forward will be deeper integration of Google Assistant enabling the app developers also to use the technology in their apps.