Budget phones have played a key role in the growth of Android as we know it today. With time, Android picked up new features and grew bigger with every iteration. And this became a pain point for the budget boxes.
The bigger version of Android would occupy more storage, run slowly on budget phones compared to the phones with better, sophisticated internals. Google is addressing exactly this with Android Oreo Go Edition. It’s highly optimized, lightweight version of regular Android Oreo, targeted at economy phones that have 512MB to 1GB RAM. With Android Oreo Go Edition, these phones will have 2x more storage space for user files because of the reduced size of pre-installed apps. The lighter apps will also launch 15% faster. The data saver will be on by default in the lighter OS.
Google has built brand new versions of its own apps. This includes Google Go, Google Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, Gboard, Google Play, Chrome, and the new Files Go app by Google. The redesigned Google Play Store will highlight apps that are best suited to the user’s device. While building the lighter version of its latest OS, Google hasn’t compromised on any of the security features. Google already has guidelines in place to make apps from other developers compatible with the Go Edition devices.
The smartphones with Android Oreo Go Edition will be available in coming months and we can’t wait to try out the new experience. It will be also interesting to see if phone makers will update their current portfolio of entry-level phones to Android Oreo Go Edition.