Since the acquisition of Android, Google has worked hard and tried different ways of making it reach as many smartphones as possible around the world. This is the reason that Android is currently the world’s largest smartphone OS with 2 billion monthly active devices as per latest numbers. And now with a goal of offering best possible Android experience on entry-level smartphones, Google has announced a new effort called Android Go.
Android Go is basically a trimmed down version of Android O which is aimed at smartphones with low-powered resources. To be specific, Google is targeting phones with 512MB or 1GB RAM as part of this effort which resembles Android One program at the core level but with a different and seemingly better execution plan.
It has been optimized for entry-level smartphones in such a way that it will reduce the resource and data usage on these phones. It will feature a suite of apps meant specifically for offering better user experience with no reliance on heavy resources. Some of these apps include YouTube Go, Chrome browser with data saver mode enabled by default, and the Google Play Store to promote apps which require low resources and less data usage.
As explained by Google,
“Android Go is designed with features relevant for people who have limited data connectivity and speak multiple languages.” It’s basically optimized to run smoothly on entry-level devices that are running at least Android O. This works in part by designing apps like Chrome, Gboard and YouTube Go so that they use “less memory, storage space and mobile data.”
Google has plans for releasing Android Go alongside Android O which is during this fall. It will come loaded on all entry-level smartphones which will be launched with Android O out of the box. It is also worth mentioning that while Android One program was aimed at specific markets, Android Go will be made available in more markets.