Android Go officially launches for low-end Smartphones



Google's lightweight Android version targeting low-end smartphone has officially arrived, with the moniker, Android Go (Oreo Edition) designed primarily for phones of 1GB of RAM and below. First announced at Google I/O in May, Android Go is an optimized version of Android Oreo for phones with either 512MB or 1GB of RAM.

The Go version isn’t altogether any different from the primary version of Android, it is rather distinguishable, as Google’s devoting a special team to ensure it gets update on more or less the same schedule as the standard version.

Android Go Edition aims to give users the best possible Android experience, notwithstanding any hardware limitations.

It's targeted at developing markets of Africa and Asia, even as Google marked the formal launch in India, where is perhaps the biggest stronghold in the emerging markets.

Albeit, Google had attempted a related approach before, with Android One, which both are intended to raise the quality of low-end devices, but from different perspectives. While Android One is a system whereby Google partners directly with the manufacturer to decide what goes on the phone and keep it up to date.

Android Go is a full release of Android available from the Android Open Source Project for OEMs, and what makes the Go edition special comes from Google’s own bundled apps.

The Google's apps include: Google Go, Google Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, Gboard, Chrome and Files Go, a new file management app.

Also, there's a Go version of the Play store, comprising lightweight apps, all especially optimized for Android Go smartphones.

Google had assured that going forward, the “Go edition” of future Android releases won’t be quite so delayed compared to the release of the full version.
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