Google launches lightweight Android Oreo Go for entry-level smartphones

Google has attempted to solve the issues of bringing the newest version of Android to the entry-level smartphone market before, remember Android One? A program that is still lumbering on in stilted fashion with the recent launch of the Xiaomi Mi A1? Well, Google is taking another stab at solving the issue with the release of Android Oreo Go, a stripped down version of the latest flavor of Android that is aimed at smartphones sporting 512MB to 1GB RAM. 

Android Oreo Go has been developed to be leaner and faster to place less strain on the resources of low-end smartphones. Even the core apps have been slimmed down, allegedly 50% smaller with a 15% speed boost over the fuller-sized apps. You can expect to see data savings with Android Oreo Go as well thanks to Data Saver being enabled by default. And because the apps have smaller footprints, entry-level smartphones can make do with less storage than we’d normally be comfortable with.

Naturally, you can expect to see ‘Go’ versions of the usual selection suite of pre-installed apps from Google such as Google Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, YouTube Go, Gboard, Chrome, and the Play Store. The newly released Files Go app that manages the phone’s storage and offers easy file sharing is also included. Oh, and let’s not forget that the Go version of the Google Assistant is also present and accounted in the lite mobile OS.

If you think of this trimmed down Mobile OS as Oreo Lite you are headed in the right direction. Much like Android One, Android Oreo Go is aimed at getting the next billion smartphone users on to the Android platform. We should see the first smartphones sporting Android Oreo Go launch in India in early 2018.

Source: Google


About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Huawei P10 and a Galaxy Tab S2 8.0. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).