At Google I/O in May of this year, Google betrothed a chronicle of Android custom-designed for low-end devices. Today, “Android Go (Oreo edition)” is being made accessible for device manufacturers and developers. That doesn’t meant it’s accessible to users nonetheless — yet presumably that’ll occur in sincerely brief order.
The grounds behind Android Go is flattering simple. It’s a build of Android Oreo that is designed to run improved on phones with possibly 512MB or 1GB of RAM. By comparison, a Pixel 2 (like many flagships) has 4GB of RAM, while a iPhone X has 3GB and a Galaxy Note 8 has a whopping 6GB.
Making a same handling complement work on both flagships and a cheapest of inexpensive phones is a challenge, yet it’s one Google says it’s overcome. Go book is not meant to be a “fork” of Android Oreo so many as a various that a manufacturer can only set by ticking off a pattern flag.
Setting those configs does a few things. It sets a phone adult to use a “Go” versions of a handful of Google apps — including a categorical Google app, Google Assistant, Google Maps, Gmail, and so on. Some of those apps, like YouTube Go, have special facilities for downloading things over Wi-Fi, In other cases, a “Go” versions are radically smaller than their unchanging variants. The smaller apps and slimmer OS can as many as separate a volume of storage that’s taken adult by default on a code new phone.
There are also “performance and storage improvements” in a Go book of Oreo — and you’d consider that you’d wish that for each Android phone. But in this case, that’s not indispensably true; optimizing an app to take adult reduction storage can also meant it takes a small longer to launch. On phones where storage is during a premium, we optimize for that. On many high-end phones, however, you’d rather get those milliseconds back.
Google is also pier on a garland of other data-saving facilities incited on out of a box. So in Chrome, all will get run by a Google server that reduces record sizes before it gets delivered to your phone. There’s also a new Datally app for tracking where we information went.
Android Go is graphic and opposite from Android One, by a way. Both are dictated to lift a peculiarity of low-end devices, yet from opposite directions. One is a complement where Google partners directly with a manufacturer to confirm what goes on a phone and keep it adult to date (sort of like a Nexus ecosystem). One used to particularly be a low-end play, yet newly it’s been creeping adult a cost scale with a recover of a Moto X4 on Project Fi in a US.
Android Go, by comparison, is a full recover of Android accessible from a Android Open Source Project for any manufacturer to use. However, it’s flattering critical to note that many (if not most) of what creates a Go book special comes from Google’s possess apps. So it’s not totally transparent how many impact we’ll indeed see in areas where Google’s apps aren’t accessible — that is to say, China.
Google tells me that, going forward, a “Go edition” of destiny Android releases won’t be utterly so behind compared to a full ones. For now, though, a Go book of Oreo is accessible for manufacturers to start using, that should meant we’ll see it on new inclination soon.
Chances are a initial phones to use it will be launched in India — Google records that it has some-more users there than it does in a US now, after all. Google also points out that this recover comes “alongside” a recover of Android 8.1, that should be accessible “tomorrow” (but some-more expected today, depending on your time zone).
Updated during 1:23 ET to reinstate picture of app sizes.