If you’ve used a budget Android smartphone you can attest to the fact that it is probably the worst experience of Android you’ve ever had. Google knows this and that is why back at Google I/O in May this year, the company announced that it will be releasing Android GO, a toned down version of Android that is specifically built for low-end budget smartphones.
Android Oreo (Go Edition) is built to run on devices with less than 1GB of RAM. The new Operating System is essentially the same as Android Oreo that we get on our flagships, that means we get all the cool features and security measures but the size of the OS now takes up 50% less space on the internal storage and app load time has been enhanced by 15%. Google has also committed a dedicated team to ensure that Android (Go Edition) will be updated at par with the main version of Android.
Google’s data saving features also come enabled by default and the pre-installed Google Apps are all optimized to take up less space and use less data, including Google Go, Google Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, Gboard, Google Play, Chrome, and the new Files Go app by Google. Android Oreo (Go Edition) also comes with an optimized version of Google Play Store that will highlight all the apps that have been tuned to run well on entry-level devices, for example, Facebook Lite, Twitter Lite and Messenger Lite.
Google has said that Android Oreo (Go Edition) will be available to all OEMs as from tomorrow, however, we should expect devices running Android Oreo (Go Edition) as from early this year.