Devices running on Android Go Edition are also said to be able to open apps 15 % faster than if they were running on the regular Android software. Additionally, Google has enabled the “data saver” feature for Android Go users by default. To help them consume less mobile data.
Demand for smartphones in emerging markets like in the East Africa region is on the rise. Therefore, Google expects its next billion users to come from these countries. Where the purchasing power is lower than in the West.
And that’s why the company wants to provide them with a new generation of affordable and sub-$100 smartphones. That works faster, provides more storage and helps reduce data consumption.
Of course, it sounds like a brilliant plan on paper, as it could allow Google to increase the number of users of its apps and services. However, software is only one part of the equation. The company has to get as many hardware partners as possible on board.
Flooding the market with smartphones, which will not only have to be affordable but also easy on the eyes. Let’s face it, no one wants an ugly smartphone.
What is Android Go Edition?
Android Go, also known as Android Go Edition, is a stripped-down version of Android designed to run on entry-level smartphones.
It’s comprised of three optimized areas. Namely, the operating system, Google Play Store, and Google apps. All in all, which have been reimagined to provide a better experience on lesser hardware. The Android Go operating system is based on the regular version of Android.
But it’s well optimized to run on smartphones with 512 MB to 1 GB of RAM. The first version of Android Go was modeled on Android Oreo. While on the other hand, the latest iteration is based on Android Pie.
Android Go Edition phones receive updates just like regular Android phones. I expect an even Android Q Go edition to arrive in the future.
As a matter of fact, Android Go takes up less space than the regular Android version. Giving smartphones with low storage the breathing room to hold more media and apps out of the box. Most Android Go smartphones come with 8 or 16 GB of storage.
Android Go Edition Apps
Like the OS, Google has also developed apps to make better use of the device’s memory.
These require up to 50 percent less space and perform better on low-end hardware.
Android Go smartphones come with only nine pre-installed apps, listed below:
- Google Go
- Google Assistant Go
- YouTube Go
- Google Maps Go
- Gmail Go
- Gboard Go
- Google Play Store
- Files Go
Keep in mind that these apps may be slimmer and faster, but they might be missing a feature or two.
For example, you can’t set reminders or control smart home devices with Assistant Go. But you can do most other standard things like set alarms, open apps, and ask various questions.
With the help of Google’s Building for Billions of development guidelines.
Android Go Edition Play Store
Building a new OS and pre-installed apps package is a great start for Android Go. But, what about when people begin using the device in the real world?
To help users maintain the lightweight system they set out with, Android Go devices have access to an exclusive version of the Play Store.
The Android Go Play Store offers all of the same content as the regular Play Store, only the storefront is more suited to low-storage devices.
It has a featured apps section that recommends apps specifically for Android Go handsets. Pointing users in the direction of apps that will be of most benefit to them.
Data that has your back
With a built-in data manager and more options to help you save, there are now more ways than ever to stay in control of your data. Because data is meant to be enjoyed, not just used.
- Data Saver: Manage which apps get to use your data and when, it’s like having your own sidekick, but for data.
- Peer-to-Peer Sharing: Share your favorite content from anywhere. Laugh, play, and send videos using Files without impacting your data.
- Chrome: Chrome is equipped with its very own data saver. When turned on, it limits background data and helps you save up to 60% of mobile data.
Additionally, the entry-level smartphones now have the same key security features as Android 10. And every Android smartphone comes with Google Play Protect, built-in mobile security that keeps your apps and data safe, 24/7.
And if your device is lost or stolen, you can track it down, set a passcode or wipe it clean just by signing into your Google account from another device. While around the clock scans keep your smartphone protected. And the scans are optimized for low data use so they don’t waste your data.
As can be seen, the Android 10 (Go edition) has a powerful experience for entry-level smartphones. It’s the best of Android, built with new and reimagined apps. So, even the most affordable Android smartphones are as sweet as can be.
Basically, I saw the first batch of Android Go devices at MWC back in 2018. Where six smartphones were announced at the show. Including the Alcatel 1X and Nokia 1. Since then, many more Android Go devices have been announced by companies like Samsung, Motorola, and Xiaomi.
Finally, test your apps for compatibility with Android Oreo. Just download a device system image, install your current app, and test in areas where behavior changes may affect the app. Update your code and publish, using the app’s current platform targeting.