Google's next version of its Android operating system will boast new ways to fetch information, pay merchants and protect privacy on mobile devices as the Internet company duels with Apple in the quest to make their technology indispensable.
The upgrade will give Android's personal assistant, Google Now, expanded powers of intuition that may be greeted as a great convenience to some and a tad too creepy for others.
Most of the renovations unveiled Thursday at Google's annual developers' conference won't be available until late summer or early fall, around the same time that Apple is expected to release the latest overhaul of the iOS software that powers the iPhone and iPad.
Text: Michael Liedtke, AP
Image: Sherice Torres, director of marketing for Android Pay, shows the icon for the Android Pay app on a phone at Google I/O 2015 in San Francisco, Thursday, May 28, 2015.
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