Google announces Android Go to enhance Android performance on entry-level phones

During the Google I/O 2017 keynote, not only did the Mountain View company announce that Android is now actively running on 2 billion devices, but a new initiative coming soon will allow for all smartphones, regardless of power and specs, to run a smooth and great Android experience. Enter Android Go.

Android is found on a hugely vast array of devices across the globe and most of the biggest headlines come with a manufacturer’s latest and greatest flagship. However, there are millions of low- or mid-range devices, especially in developing countries, not necessarily using the most powerful processors or memory, that still deserve a smooth and “spec friendly” Android experience.

Coming in 2018, Android Go (as it is internally referred to at Google) will be designed for Android devices coming with 1GB or less of memory. Android apps such as YouTube, Chrome and Gboard will have “Go-ready” optimizations that use less memory and take up less storage space on your phone. The Google Play store found on these devices, while still giving access to the entire app collection, will bring more apps optimized for lower-end devices to the forefront.

An emphasis on limited or spotty data connectivity as well as multiple language support will also be part of this initiative and, as mentioned above, will ship as a single new service starting in 2018.

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About the Author: Kevin Arnold

Kevin has been obsessed with technology ever since the days of playing with commands in MS-DOS. As a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology where he studied a combination of New Media Programming and Photography, Kevin lives in New York City where he works as a photo retoucher. His first "smartphone" was the good old LG Voyager with its slide-out physical keyboard. The first Android device Kevin owned was the now-infamous HTC Thunderbolt, which he still has in a drawer somewhere. Currently rocking both the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, Kevin has a (un)healthy obsession with phones and has owned more than he can remember. When he's not shopping for a new phone, Kevin enjoys lots of food and wine, video games, astronomy, and the Big Apple.