Google’s ‘Android Go’ platform announced alongside Android 8.1 Oreo

Google previewed Android Go for the first time earlier this year at Google I/O 2017. Now, the search giant has launched Android Oreo ‘Go Edition,’ with Android 8.1 Oreo.

Android Go is an Android project designed to optimize Google software for entry-level devices. The new program which is being made available for manufacturers this week is essentially Android streamlined to work better on devices with lower amounts of memory – both RAM and storage, commonly found in third world countries. We’ve seen a similar project in the past – witness Project Svelte, designed to reduce memory usage of core applications on Android 4.4 KitKat.

Google’s blog on the subject explains that Android Oreo ‘Go Edition’ brings improvements to low memory devices with less than 1GB of RAM. For the customer, an average application is now 15% faster running over Android Oreo (Go Edition) compared with older versions of Android. Google went as far to calculate that the world would save “a cumulative one million hours of time” every day if all entry-level devices were based around Android Oreo (Go Edition). The company is excited to see what manufacturers do with the slimmed down software.

Google is keen to point out that this lightweight version of Android Oreo contains the same data management and security benefits as the regular Android Oreo operating system. However, Android Go contains a revised suite of Google applications, which are “designed to be lighter and relevant to the unique needs of people who are coming online for the first time.” Here, Google has halved the amount of space pre-installed apps take up. This is an impressive reduction, and will mean a great deal of difference for those who buy a device with 16GB or less of internal storage. There’s even a modified, or “tuned,” version of Google’s Play Store, designed to highlight the optimized applications. Though, the Android Go version of the Play Store does still allow customers to download any applications. Go Edition Google applications that will be available for the first batch of devices include: Google Search, Google Assistant, YouTube, Google Maps, Gmail, Gboard, and Chrome. More will be created with time, but this is a good start.

Android Oreo (Go Edition) handsets will also have a data saver feature, which Google reckons will save the average user around 600MB of data per year. Android Go also includes the ability to restrict background data as we see in the normal version of Android, allowing customers to fine-tune their device’s appetite for data. And lastly, the Android Go platform will include Files Go, a new file manager application by Google designed to help customers maximize internal storage by cleaning up unwanted data.

It shouldn’t be long before we hear those interested in producing devices with the Android Oreo ‘Go Edition’ platform. We’ll keep you informed.

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