During the last Google I/O, Google announced that it would soon be launching a stripped down version of Android. Well, today in New Delhi, Google launched Android Go, a lighter version of Android meant for virtually all entry-level devices that have minimal specs.
This move could soon see OEMs launch affordable smartphones into the market that still gives users the same experience as those using the normal version of Android Oreo. In Android Go, Google has cut out many of the beefy settings and features that would make the normal Android mobile OS runs slowly on an entry-level device. The core of the OS has also been optimized for speedy performance on devices with minimal specs.
Some of the benefits of Android Go over standard Android build include the fact that they will have twice the space a typical Android device will have. The OS will also run a range of Google’s Go apps including YouTube Go and Gmail Go among others. Google has optimized all apps running on Android Go for speedy performance and a lot of data saving.
In a nutshell, Google has broken down Android Go experience into the following three components:
Ø Operating System: Performance and storage improvements to the OS with data management features and security benefits built-in.
Ø 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.
Ø 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.
It might be important to point out the search engine giant got its digital assistant program, Google Now, running on a $20 Indian smartphone, JioPhone. This move was probably meant to showcase just how stripped-down Android Go really is that it can run smoothly with richer features like Google now even in the most basic of smartphones.
Google went further to announce that they are working on bringing Google Now to feature phones as well. As a user, our only hope is that Android Go does not end up as a failure project like Android One Project.