Android Go — a new lightweight version of the Android operating system to provide a lag-free, smooth Android experience to every smartphone, especially for the budget smartphones without compromising any of the important features of parent edition.

Google introduced Android Go as a part of the Android 8.1 Oreo version focusing the devices with 512MB to 1GB of memory. Unlike Android One — company’s previous initiative to power budget models — Android Go is a reimagination of the budget segment entirely.

To make this possible Google made deep changes to the kernel and other elements. Improved performance and storage section of the operating system with data management features and security benefits built-in. A newly redesigned set of applications — may be we can say they are the lightweight version of apps — exclusively for Android Go edition provides fluid smartphone experience to every user. Set of optimized apps includes Google Go, Google Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, Gboard, Chrome, and the new Files Go app by Google. Moreover, a tuned version of the Google Play Store is available to download any app.

Features of Android Go edition:

So why Android Go is going to be a savior of future entry-level phones with Android 8.1+ version? As we already said, Android Go never relies on the hardware specifications of a device. If your device comes with fewer resources then Android Go is the one and the only version of Android — may be the only smartphone OS — to reanimate your device as a beast. Here are some notable features of Android Go edition.

  • Average app is now 15 percent faster on devices running Android Go edition.
  • Enhanced preinstalled Google apps to take up 50 percent less space thus doubled the amount of available storage on entry-level devices.
  • Devices running on Android Go edition also come with Google’s data saver features turned on by default.
  • All devices with Android Go get Google Play Protect built-in.

Already Android platform is ruling the smartphone industry and Android Go significantly lower the barrier to entry for smartphones in emerging markets. Soon we can see many more new high performing Android budget smartphones in the market.


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