Google launches Android Oreo (Go Edition) for low-end smartphones

Android Go, the Lite version of Google’s operating system designed for low-cost devices and emerging markets, was first introduced in the latest edition of Google I/O. Mountain View today announces the availability of Android Oreo (Go Edition) for manufacturers and developers, so it will take some time for the first devices natively equipped with the special release of the operating system to come to market.

Android Oreo (Go Edition) is basically a version of the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system optimized for devices with 512MB or 1GB of RAM. Android Oreo (Go Edition) is not an Android fork, but an Android variant that manufacturers can choose to use by simply marking a configuration flag.

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3 Key Points of Android Oreo (Go Edition)

Google identifies three key points around which Android Oreo (Go Edition): operating system optimizations, updated versions of Google applications, and Google Play Store.

  • Operating system: performance and storage enhancements, integrated data management and security features.
  • Google Apps: New Google applications created to be lighter and better adapted to the needs of first-time network users.
  • Google Play Store: Updated version of the Google Play Store that allows you to download any application, but highlights those developed to work best on the terminal.

Android Oreo (Go Edition): Better performance and less space

Google provides some performance data: applications running on Android Oreo (Go Edition) are on average 15 percent faster. Google’s pre-installed applications take up 50% less space (compared to an Android Nougat device with 8GB of storage and the same device with Android Oreo (Go Edition).

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Android Oreo (Go Edition) devices will also be distributed with the default data storage feature enabled – the user will still be able to choose which applications to enable this mode. Android Android Android Oreo (Go Edition) smartphones will then have the same security features as the “standard” version of Android Oreo, including Google Play Protect (which continuously scans installed applications, even offline, for potential threats).

Applications preinstalled on Android Oreo (Go Edition)

The suite of applications pre-installed on Android Oreo (Go Edition) devices includes Google Go, Google Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, Gboard, Google Play, Chrome and the new Files Go. All of them have been redesigned to take up less storage space and be more fluid and faster.

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Last but not least, Google Play Store has no restrictions compared to the other versions of Android, but is enriched with a section that contains the best apps for basic-level devices.

Android Oreo (Go Edition) Availability

Google concludes the announcement of the launch of Android Oreo (Go Edition) by confirming that in the coming months partners will present the first terminals based on the specific variant of Android.

These products will be designed primarily for emerging markets, but it is not always the case that some of them do not even reach Western markets; think of the distribution of Android One handsets (a project for which Android Go is a kind of “reboot”) that have also reached Europe.

For more information about Android Oreo (Go Edition) see the recently activated official page.

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