The launch of a new Android version is a thrill often enjoyed only by Android aficionados. With the new Android Oreo (Go edition), Google hopes to bring the excitement back to a wider audience — the entry-level segment.
Google is bundling the new Android Oreo (Go edition) with the impending Android 8.1 update. The Go edition will be pushed to lower-end phones.
The Go edition optimizes the Android experience for limited hardware by fine-tuning the phone’s performance, storage, and security.
Since entry-level phones have lower-end hardware, performance is always an issue. Even with just 512MB of RAM, the Go edition improves these phones’ memory usage to run apps more efficiently. Google boasts that the average app will run 15 percent faster on the Go edition.
The Go edition also comes with a flurry of new optimized Google apps that are light on both memory and storage. These include Google Go, Google Assistant Go, and Files Go, among many others.
Google Go redesigns Google Search, reducing the search-as-you-type app to its bare essentials; this Lite version weighs in at less than 5MB in size. Meanwhile, Assistant Go brings the voice-activated assistant to the budget phone. As reported previously, the new Files Go app manages your files and saves up to 1GB of storage every month.
The Go edition comes bundled with an optimized Play Store, which recommends apps that run most efficiently on the device. It also comes with Google Play Protect, which scans apps on your device even when you’re offline.
The launch of the Android Oreo (Go edition) comes at the forefront of Google’s push for its “next billion users.” It maximizes the ASEAN region’s potential as an internet hub. India, for example, has already crossed the 400-million internet users mark.
The Go edition will bring Android Oreo to more users in more regions. Starting 2018, entry-level smartphones will ship with the special version installed.