Google announced the Android Go programme earlier this year at the Google I/O conference 2017. It is a variant of Android Operating System specially built for entry level smartphones with low internals. Today, Google officially launches the Android Oreo Go Edition along with Android 8.1 release.
This is an initiative by Google to enable people in the developing countries to access smartphones with better software experience. According to Google, the Android Oreo Go Edition is designed to run on smartphones with 1GB or 512MB RAM.
The average app will be 15 per cent faster on low end smartphones running Android Oreo Go Edition. This is possible due to the Go apps that will come pre installed on these devices. The list includes Google Go, Google Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, Gboard, Google Play, Chrome, Files Go and Datally.
Android Oreo Go features
- Operating System: Performance and storage improvements to the OS with data management features and security benefits built-in.
- Google Apps: A new set of Google apps, designed to be lighter and relevant to the unique needs of people who are coming online for the first time.
- Google Play Store: A tuned version of the Google Play Store that allows you to download any app, but also highlights the apps designed to work best on your device.
Moreover, these apps will reduce the storage space occupied by the system, hence users will get more memory for their personal use. It doesn’t end here, Play Store will recommend the best apps suitable for these entry level devices. Such as the now popular lite apps from many developers.
The Android Oreo Go Edition will be released along with the Android 8.1 release today. Thus, OEMs will be able to develop ROMs for their smartphones starting today and these phones might be start shipping early next year.