In May, Google promised a version of Android for low-end devices. Google has now officially launched Android Go(Oreo edition), the company’s new software project designed for developing markets. It will be available for users in next few months.
We’ve broken down the key details for you below; here’s everything you need to know about Android Go. Let’s Go.
What is Android Go?
Android Go is a lightweight version of Android Oreo, comprised of three, optimized areas: the operating system, the Google Play Store, and the Google apps. These have been reimagined for Android Oreo (Go edition) to make them run better on lesser hardware.
The premise behind Android Go is pretty simple. It’s a build of Android Oreo that is designed to run better on phones with either 512MB or 1GB of RAM. According to Google, that comes with all sorts of benefits for the end user, including 30 percent faster startup time and an optimization of storage space, by up to 2x. The latter is accomplished, in part, by the inclusion of a number of optimized Go apps.
Android v/s Android Go
The OS itself is based on Android Oreo but it’s built to run on low-end smartphones. The OS is said to take up roughly half of the internal storage space as Android Nougat, giving smartphones with low storage the breathing room to hold more media and apps out of the box.
Additionally, devices running Android Go edition are said to open apps 15 percent faster than previous Android software and Google has enabled the “data saver” feature by default — helping users consume less mobile data with the system too.
Google has also developed apps to make better use of the device’s memory. The company has redesigned its G Suite apps to take up less space and perform better on low-end hardware. These pre installed apps are said to require up to 50% less storage space overall than the regular versions, and include YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, and Gmail Go (the latter two of which we are yet to learn anything about). Google Assistant will also be able to run on phones with 1 GB of RAM or less for the first time ever as Google Assistant Go.
Meanwhile, Google has also introduced a couple of new apps specifically for Android Go: Google Go and Files Go. Google Go is a revamped version of the Google Lite app, which will make it “easy to find popular queries, top websites and apps, trending images and gifs at blazing speed, with minimal typing,” while Files Go is a file manager app that should make it easy to free up storage space. To help users maintain their lightweight system they set out with, Android Go devices will have access to an exclusive version of the Play Store.
Google is also piling on a bunch of other data-saving features turned on out of the box. So in Chrome, everything will get run through a Google server that reduces file sizes before it gets delivered to your phone. There’s also the new Datally app for tracking where you data went.
But the data saver can be tricky as –
- It will not work with secure(https) sites.
- It will not work in Incognito Tabs.
- Some websites may have trouble finding your location and providing you media content like images and videos.
That’s all we’ve got on Android Go right now but we’ll update this page with more information as we get it. In the meantime, what do you think of Android Go? Drop Your opinions in comment sections.