At the 2017 Google I/O held in May this year, the company has officially announced the Android Go, the liter version of Android OS. Today, Google has officially released the Android Oreo Go Edition for the OEM manufacturers and developers. We might be seeing the devices running on Android Go in the first half of 2018. As the company announced earlier, the Android Go will be lighter in size and works seamlessly even on smartphones with 512MB or 1GB of RAM.
With the Android Go, the company is more focusing on the emerging markets where the feature phones still have a fairly large market share. The Android Oreo Go Edition will come with the lite version of the Google apps like Google Assistant, Google Maps, Gmail, Photos and more. Even the Play Store will separately show the available lite apps. The already launched YouTube Go app will be replacing the standard Youtube app on the Go edition.
Compared to the entry-level devices running on Android Nougat, the Android Go powered devices will take 50% less storage for OS and system apps. The Android Oreo Go edition will come with data saver feature turned on by default. According to the company, it will be as secure as Android Oreo and includes Google Play Protect. The Android Oreo Go Edition will be based on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo. Even most of the apps designed for Go edition will come in less than 5MB in size.
In 2017, we have several entry-level smartphones launched in the Indian market and most of the smartphones under Rs. 5,000 price range came with just 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage. With the Android Oreo Go Edition, the upcoming smartphones will not be laggy as the current low-cost smartphones. The first set of smartphones running on Android Oreo Go Edition will be mostly launched in India. Stay tuned on PhoneRadar for more details!