Google announces Android Go Tailored for Entry-Level Devices
Google is taking another shot at powering inexpensive entry-level devices in developing markets with the launch of Android Go, a lightweight version of Android O (and beyond) designed to run on devices with low memory (from 512MB – 1GB RAM). This strategy bears a semblance to Google’s not-so successful Android One platform which was launched in 2014.
Android Go is based on three underlying features – OS, Apps and Play store. As mentioned earlier, the OS (based on Android O or the latest version) is optimised to run smoothly, efficiently on entry-level devices. Pre-loaded with apps such as Chrome, Gboard, and Youtube Go; these apps have been fashioned to use less mobile data, storage space and memory.
To promote a better user experience, Play Store will highlight apps designed for the platform, although access to the full app catalogue for regular phones will remain. To help developers get their apps ready for the launch of GO devices, Google also unveiled the “Building For Billions” program.
Android Go will begin shipping to all mobile devices with 1GB RAM or less in 2018. At the launch, Google did not disclose key info such as which companies will launch devices based on the new platform nor did they confirm whether the search giant will launch its own hardware products.
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Source: Android Developers Blog