During Google I/O 2017, Google announced a custom version of Android, called Android Go, which is specifically made for lower-end devices. Today, Google’s words have finally come to fruition – as Android Go (Oreo Edition) is now available for manufacturers and developers to use.
Because most flagship and mid-range smartphones nowadays boast impressive specs, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that a good portion of Android devices out there are running with one gigabyte or less of RAM, making it difficult to keep up to date with the most recent of Android versions due to performance limitations. That’s where Android Go comes in, as it is specifically made to work with phones that have less power than the current flagships.
Currently, Android Go is a build of Android Oreo optimized for phones sporting either 512MB or 1GB of ram. In contrast, the majority of flagship devices out now have 4-6 gigs of ram, with a select few including up to 8GB. Google’s new Android OS isn’t for these high-end phones, but surprisingly the software isn’t actually that far off; the software isn’t an alternate “fork” of android Oreo, but rather just a variant that can be easily enabled by the manufacturer for select devices.
With the system and performance optimizations that come with Android Go, there are a couple of other features changed as well. “Go” versions of the main google apps like Search, Assistant, Maps, Gmail, etc. replace their stock counterparts, and feature special functions or up to a 50% reduction in install size, sparing the much-needed storage space that’s at a premium on budget phones.
Not to be confused with Android One, Android Go serves to be a lightweight, spec-light counterpart to the current version of Android, which is able to be implemented by any manufacturer without the partnership with Google. Because of this, it will likely see a tremendous rollout in areas of rapid tech development. Users of Android Go can expect to see improved performance on low-end devices, and more importantly, updates to match that of official full android releases.
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Via: | The Verge |
Image Credit: | Arstechnica |