Android Go is a culmination of ideas that have been making waves since Android 4.4 Kit Kat. A version of Android that does not demand high end hardware and can run smoothly on devices running on 1gb or less of ram. Android 8.1 Oreo brings us one step closer to that reality. As of today we can start to see devices made with this version of the operating system.
This is incredibly important because devices in developing markets run on older, and slower software normally on lower end devices in developing markets. These devices are normally running on 512mb of ram or 1gb, a dual core processor and if you’re lucky Android 4.4 Kit Kat. These manufacturers will now have the option of using a version of Android that runs better on these devices. These devices are more up to date in terms of security and software features than older versions of the operating systems would have been.
Android Go also offers versions of many of Google’s most popular apps that use less storage, less data, and less system resources. These apps do this while still giving the user the features that are expected of the apps. Gmail, Files, Assistant, Gmail, Maps, Youtube and more will have “Go” versions of their apps that will significantly help the user experience for devices with these lower end phones. These versions of the app also help to conserve data usage and storage usage. Individuals who will be most interested in devices of this caliber will probably not have much data or internal storage on their devices either.
We are excited to see developers and manufacturers jump on the Android Go bandwagon so more people will have devices that are up to date and usable for a longer period of time. We want to hear your opinion on Android Go and whether you think it will be implemented well or if it will be pushed to the side for older versions of Android.