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.