At Google I/O this year, Google gave us a glimpse of Android Go. A toned down version of Android for the low-end phones having 1GB of RAM or less. Today, Google is ready to release the Android Oreo (Go Edition) for device manufacturers and developers so they can optimize their current apps, or create new ones which will be used in this version.
What is Android Go?
It is an optimized build of Android Oreo which will run on Phones with 512MB to 1GB RAM. It will be as smooth as the normal version, and entry-level phones will have Go Edition out-of-the-box.
Google also introduced a bunch of “Go Apps” which will come pre-installed on devices running this version, including:
- Google Go
- Assistant Go
- YouTube Go
- Google Maps Go
- Gmail Go
- Google Play
- And the all-new Files Go app
All of these apps are enhanced for the Go Edition and are meant to be 15% faster and take 50% less storage.
Also, all devices with this Go Edition will have all the data saver features on by default, and the new data saving app by Google, Datally, will be pre-installed. So, no need to worry if you are ever low on data!
Google Play Store for Android Go has been optimized to maintain smoothness in Go Edition. You won’t see much difference in this version of the Play Store from what we’re used to, but Google added a different section for Go Edition users in the Play Store, that shows apps which are perfectly tuned to run as smooth as the Go Apps mentioned above.
Difference between Android One & Android Go
While both of them want to make the user experience smooth, they do it differently. Android One is a platform where Google partners with different OEMs, like they recently did with Xiaomi for the Mi A1 and with Motorola for the Moto X4, to give users a Pixel/Nexus-like experience at a relatively low price, and keep it up to date with the latest software upgrades.
Go Edition works in a different way and is a different project. It comes to play with low-end phones and is an optimized version of Android for those low-end devices.
In its announcement, Google clearly mentions that Android has many more users in India than in the US, which brings us to an assumption that the first device with Android Oreo (Go Edition) may launch in India.
So to conclude, Android Go is basically the best Android experience a user can have on a cheap phone without worrying about lag or jittery animations.
Stable Android 8.1
— Android (@Android) December 5, 2017
Today also marks the stable release of Android 8.1 – Google said it was coming before the end of 2017, and they made good on that promise. We’re still waiting for system images to go live, and OTA’s will likely be a bit behind, as usual. We’ll be sure to let you know when that happens.
And they even got the cheeseburger right this time!