At its I/O annual developer conference, Google announced Android Go, an optimised version of Android Oreo that will run on entry-level devices too. The company had promised to roll out a light version of Android and it has now released the OS to manufacturers and developers under the title Android Oreo Go Edition or simply, Android Go.
The OEMs will now be able to test and run the Go edition OS on low-end hardware. Android Go is basically a special configuration of Android 8.1 Oreo meant for low-end devices with 1GB RAM or less. The purpose is to reach out to a larger user base and share the recent Android experience even with those who use entry-level devices.
Android Go focuses on three aspects- optimising the latest release of Android to run smoothly on entry-level devices, a rebuilt set of Google apps that use less storage, data and memory and a customised app that contains Android Go optimised apps besides including all the usual apps.
Google has announced a list of ‘Go’ Google apps like YouTube Go, a trimmed down version of YouTube app that enables you to download content and view offline, transfer videos ‘locally’ over Wi-Fi. Other optimised ‘Go’ apps include- Google Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, Gboard, Chrome and Files Go. Google has also added a Go version of the Play Store, that will offer lightweight apps. Google says that the Android Oreo Go edition will offer benefits like 30 percent faster startup time and storage space optimisation by up to 2X.
The company made the announcement about Android Go release at a Google event in India today. Notably, those Android devices with 1GB RAM or less running Android 8.1 Oreo will come with Android Go OS configuration. While the lightweight Android version is available for manufacturers and developers, the final build is expected to roll out soon on new devices perhaps early next year.