As new smartphones are coming in the market,factors like storage and RAM have become an decisive factor in knowing the performance when apps are installed.
With Google’s Next Billion ambition it realized that much of its audience will be potential low-end budget smartphone users and because these phones are not able to run high end apps and crashing, the company came up with a solution Android Go!
What Is Android Go?
Android Oreo(Go Edition) is the newer version of Android Oreo specifically designed to run on low end smartphone devices without much processing power, with limited amounts of RAM(<1GB), and with a small amount of storage. It’s also meant for people with limited internet connectivity .
Though Google had initially launched the Android One project for similar cause it was not successful because Android apps still required more than 1GB RAM which resulted in increase in the budget of smartphone .
As apps are the major medium through which users communicate so although the Android was revised, the Apps still required more resources and so the low end mobile would still crash.
So the major difference between Go and One is that apart from being a revised version of Android , Go provides pre-installed apps that are compatible with low-end hardware. Apps such as YouTube, Maps, Gmail, Assistant, Messages, Files, Camera, and many others all have Go versions that run smoothly on these devices. Additionally, the Play Store on Android Go phones will promote “lite” versions of apps more so users can avoid installing high-resource apps (although the entire Play Store is available all regular Android apps can still be installed).
Smartphones Using Android Go
Go is launching six phones, with prices ranging from around $50 with carrier subsidies to around $130 outright. They include the Nokia 1, Alcatel’s 1X, ZTE’s Tempo Go, Lava’s Z50, Micromax’s Bharat Go, and General Mobile’s GM 8 Go.
Whats the downside?
There’s no guarantee Android Go is going to work. If Google wants to engage people away from flagship phones it needs to make sure Android is good enough at the $50 or so price point.
Whats the upside?
Android Go will receive more frequent updates than normal Android which is what every Android user craves for.
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