As we continue to see, Google is pushing “Go” or “Android Go” versions of select apps to Android 8.1 Oreo handsets with low memory. These apps have been streamlined to be lighter, faster versions made for lower end handsets including ones with less RAM.
In some regions, Maps Go and YouTube Go, among others, have already rolled out to compatible Android 8.1 Oreo “Go” handsets. Gboard, the Google Keyboard, is next to arrive and is rolling out to compatible Android handsets with low memory as we speak. Anyone running Google’s latest version of Android, Android 8.1 Oreo, whether they have 1GB of RAM or 6GB, is capable of side-loading Gboard Go as an APK file (download link available below).
As for what we can tell from Gboard Go, most operates in the same way as the heavier Gboard app most of us are used to. Android Police points out, though, that the app is indeed missing features. GIF search, stickers and one-handed mode are a few examples. These deductions with addition to some under the hood changes allow Gboard Go to run using 40MB of RAM, whereas the regular version requires 70MB.
The APK calls Gboard Go the “lite release,” and is available below for those mentioned above. Reverting back to the standard Gboard requires uninstalling updates which could wipe some of your personal settings, so think twice before jumping to the download.
SOURCE [Android Police]