What if an Android OS is designed to work fluidly especially for the entry-level smartphones which possess low processing speed, limited RAM capacity, less local storage and limited data connectivity? That sounds heavenly, doesn’t it? But is it possible? With Android Go, Definitely yes! Android Oreo(Go version)—also known as Android Go— is the latest try of Android to provide the classic Android Oreo flavor to the low-end smartphones with the above mentioned unfortunate features. In short, this is the much lighter, very much optimized version of Android Oreo intended for the smartphones with RAM less than 1GB.
The noteworthy features of Android Go are as follows.
- The OS comes with very few pre-installed apps, so that it frees more space for phones with low local storage.
- The OS itself takes up less space.
- Those few apps which come pre-installed have been redesigned for lighter updates like YouTube Go, Gmail Go
- The app Files Go removes unwanted data and offloads to Cloud, so that the storage space is managed.
- Enhanced apps with lighter updates and high speed.
- The app Data Saver app helps manage the data, as to determining which apps need data and when they need it.
- Peer-to-peer sharing- uses P2P networking technology.
- Google Play Protect, a mobile security app keeps applications and data safe by scanning daily even if you are offline.
- Has built-in Find My Device
- Play Store itself show cases a collection of apps designed to be compatible with Android Go.
But, as you all know, this is not the first time Android introduced an OS for low-end smartphones. Android One was actually brought to life for this exact purpose, but it wasn’t really optimized—or let’s say that it wasn’t optimized software-wise. The difference between Android One and Android Go is that, the first one provided the pure Android experience to entry-level smartphones, by altering and optimizing the hardware components, while the latter provides an optimized software solution to function under low processing power. Although the hardware optimization of Android One was not so successful, Android Go seems to be doing good with its software optimization.
Currently, Nokia 1 , Alcatel’s 1X, ZTE’s Tempo Go, Lava’s Z50, Micromax’s Bharat Go and General Mobile’s GM 8 Go are the lucky enough phone brands to possess Android Go. So far, the performance of Android Go is said to be varying from phone to phone according their manufacture. But overall, Android has taken a step in the right way and hope it goes alright!