I’m sure you still remember Android One Program… Well, this isn’t Android One 2.0 but something different. Something Google called Android Go. At its IO developer conference, Google has unveiled Android Go; an initiative created to cover the empty tracks left by Android One Program.
Android Go is a version of the popular mobile operating system that has been optimized for smartphones with 1GB or less RAM, thus primarily aimed at emerging markets. It’s essentially a set of features and apps for Android, which are set to debut with Android O, that are designed to limit both devices’ system resources and mobile data, helping people in developing nations have a reasonable mobile experience.
What is Android Go?
Android Go focuses on three things – optimising the latest release of Android to run smoothly on entry-level devices, a rebuilt set of Google apps that uses less memory, storage space and mobile data and finally a version of Play Store that will not only provide the entire catalogue but will also highlight apps specifically designed for entry-level users. These three features will ship to Android O devices with 1GB or less memory starting in 2018.
Android Go devices will have data management and savings in quick settings, and teaming up with carriers will let you keep track of how much data you’ve been consuming with the ability to top up.
Android Go apps
Google is also designing apps like YouTube Go, Chrome and Gboard to use less memory and are easy on mobile data. The company is making optimizations to the system UI and the kernel to allow an Android O device built with the Go configuration to run smoothly on as low as 512MB to 1GB of memory.
Lastly, a special, Android Go-exclusive Play Store was also announced, designed specifically to highlight apps built with Google’s so-called “Building for Billions” best practices for app developers, or in other words, made to conserve data and device resources, such as Facebook Lite and Skype Lite.
|The new play store will show apps designed for low- end devices
The first Android Go devices are going to arrive in 2018, Google says.