Google’s Android OS is one the most popular OS on the planet and more than 80% mobile devices worldwide are currently running Android. Flagship devices from Samsung, Google, Sony, LG, Motorola and other manufacturers really excel on this platform.
Android, as a mobile platform, is also available on the low budget, cheap mobile phones. But their performance of these low memory, low RAM devices cannot be termed as satisfactory.
Well, Android Oreo Go edition is here for the rescue. This year at MWC, manufacturers announced 6 new Android devices running Android Oreo Go edition. These are Nokia 1, Alcatel’s 1X, ZTE’s Tempo Go, Lava’s Z50, Micromax’s Bharat Go, and General Mobile’s GM 8 Go. After this slot hits the market, we are expecting more OEMs releasing next set of Go devices.
Android Go is essentially the stripped down and optimized version of Android Oreo edition. Google has optimized the OS resources to consume less RAM in operation and also use less memory footprint for managing OS resources. The OS itself is optimized to consume less space on the mobile device internal memory. This optimizations will help budget entry level devices with low RAM and internal memory to run the OS smoothly.
Google has also introduced a suite of Go apps which are basically optimized google apps like YouTube Go, Google Assistant Go, Google Search Go etc. These apps are also re-worked upon by Google so as to work smoothly on budget phones. These apps will now utilize less RAM and less phone memory without compromising on the performancewhile giving the smooth performance on entry level devices including those which contains less than 1GB RAM. These suit of Go apps will be preinstalled on the Go devices.
With the promise of giving the smooth performance, Google is not restricting users in any way. GO devices will also be able to download the normal version of the Go application from the play store. However the Play store will highlight the apps which will give more optimized performance on the device. For eg. While browsing the playstore from an Go device will highlight the go apps first and also giving User option to download the regular app version.
However, Google says it does not view these entry-level Go edition phones as less capable devices. “They (Android Go phones) are full capably smartphones,” as per Sameer Samat, Google’s Vice-President for Product Management. “Focus is on software rather than specifying the hardware. That’s why you will see a range of devices with different kind of specifications launching in the Android Go program. They will have the same OS, Google apps with all the services,” he added.
Android GO is a manifestation of Google’s effort of addressing the internal issues with the platform’s performance. It seems a step by google in the correct direction. The first wave of these devices will soon reach in the hands of the common user and we are most curious to see how it performs in the real life.
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