What is Android Go & What Smartphones & Features will it offer

by Karthik Iyer 2

Google made a lot of new announcements at the Google I/O 2017 event and most of them were updates to the existing apps and services which Google offers. We also got to see some new advancements in the Android O. And interestingly Android O-beta is already available through the developer beta program and you can download and install it on your eligible devices. If you are wondering what’s the procedure, then head over to the story which we covered earlier today where we have explained how to install Android O Beta on your eligible devices.

Now talking about the other announcements, Google also announced something new called Android Go. Remember Android One? It was sort of an initiative to bring more affordable Android devices running stock Android. The Android Go is yet another initiative which is expected to pick up what the Android One left behind. Do make a note that it is not same as Android One and Android One is still a separate thing. The Android Go is very similar but they do have some differences.

In layman terms, Android Go is going to be like a new version of Android which will be much more lighter than the stock Android, so that it runs better on the low-end entry level smartphones are that being launched in developing countries like India. Google didn’t really give out much as far as the availability of this new version of Android, but it surely sounds promising. But we do have some info now what this Android Go is and why you should be excited about it.

According to Google, all the smartphones launching with Android O or later OS version with 1GB RAM or less will come with the Android Go configuration. This Go configuration is nothing but a configuration which will make the OS work better on low-end hardware with fewer resources like power, data, etc. Users will get real-time data management options in quick settings and even the API for the same will be provided to carriers so that they can integrate it properly.

In short, it will have a lot of new features to make things much easier to monitor and make use of. And not just that, Google also says that many existing apps will be made to go with the devices with Go configurations. And if you are a developer willing to develop for devices with Go configurations, the company says that you need to stick to the ‘Building for Billions’ guidelines and take a lot of things into consideration like devices with limited network connectivity, low use of available hardware resources, etc.

Google also says that the first Android Go devices will arrive in 2018 and by that time we expect this to be a much more stable project and we hope to see a lot of development as it will help out a lot of users here in India. Having said that, let us know what do you think about this? Are you excited about the Android Go and if yes, then why? Be sure to let us know by dropping a comment down below and also, stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more info like this.

Karthik Iyer

Karthik is a Computer Science Graduate and a Tech Aficionado who has always found himself fascinated or playing around with all the latest and the best from the world of smartphones and beyond. When he is not working on any smartphone or covering the latest scoop, you can often find playing his favorite PS4 titles.

  • I think this is a boom for countries like India where many users yet to adapt to smartphones..this will certainly help ✌️ I hope this will make entry level smartphones last for a week in terms of battery backup at least! 🤣

  • Vishal Giri

    awesome article team!!