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Google releases Android Go (Oreo edition) for low-end devices

Google releases Android Go (Oreo edition) for low-end devices

by Ayomide SegzDecember 5, 2017
(Last Updated On: December 5, 2017)

Today, “Android Go (Oreo edition)” is being built obtainable for android device manufacturers and developers. That doesn’t mean it’s available to end users yet — but most probably that’ll happen very soon.

The idea behind Android Go (Oreo Edition) is a very simple or probably say basic one. It’s a build of Android Oreo that is designed to run better on phones with either 512MB or 1GB of RAM. By comparison, Infinix Hot with 1GB Ram, unlike most flagships that have 4GB of RAM, while the iPhone X has 3GB and the Galaxy Note 8 has a massive 6GB.

Go edition is not meant to be a “derive” of Android Oreo so much as a version that a manufacturer can just set by ticking off a configuration flag. Setting those configs does a few things. It sets the phone up to use the “Go” versions of a handful of Google apps — including the main Google app, Google Assistant, Google Maps, Gmail, and so on. Some of those apps, like YouTube Go, have special features for downloading stuff over Wi-Fi, In other cases, the “Go” versions are radically smaller than their regular variants. The smaller apps and slimmer OS can as much as halve the amount of storage that’s taken up by default on a brand new phone.

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Android Go App Size | Google


There are “performance and storage improvements” in the Android Go edition of Oreo — and you would think that you’d want that for every Android phone. But in this situation, that’s not necessarily true; enhancing an app to take up much less storage can also mean it requires a little longer to release. On phones where storage space is at a premium, you enhance for that. On most high-end cell phones, however , you’d rather obtain those milliseconds back.

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Google tells me that, going forward, the “Go edition” of long term Android releases won’t become quite so delayed compared to the complete ones. For now, though, the Go edition of Oreo is available for manufacturers to begin using, which should mean we’re going see it on new products soon.

Odds are the first phones to work with Android Go will be launched in India, – Google notes it has more users there compared with how it does in the US now, in the end. Google also points out this release comes “alongside” the discharge of Android 8. You, which should be available “tomorrow” (but more likely today, depending on your time).

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Ayomide Segz
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