Google launches lighter Android Oreo (Go edition) for entry level devices

Google launches lighter Android Oreo (Go edition) for entry level devices

Google launches lighter Android Oreo (Go edition) for entry level devices

Google today announced the launch of Android Oreo Go, a lightweight version of its regular Android OS that will cater to low-end smartphones.

The apps preinstalled on Android Oreo (Go edition) devices will include Google Go, Google Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, Gboard, Google Play, Chrome, and the new Files Go app by Google. Devices with Android Oreo Go edition will start shipping in India in the first half of 2018, Google said. Androin Go is a repackaged version of Android One, which is for premium devices. Starting today, Files Go will be globally available on the Google Play Store for all phones running Android 5.0 Lollipop and higher. Notably, those Android devices with 1GB RAM or less running Android 8.1 Oreo will come with Android Go OS configuration. Google has also announced the Google Go search app for India and Indonesia.

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There are now more Android users in India than there are in the US, according to Google, and the company has its sights set on the "billions more" who don't yet have access.

The Files Go app is also said to create a closed network that can be accessible only by approved smartphones in any particular area to share files by creating a hotspot. "We're not just adapting our products for India, we're building for India first", says Caesar Sengupta, who heads the Next Billion Users division at Google. Sadly, existing budget devices won't be able to enjoy the Oreo Go, unless OEMs figure out some way to seed the new OS on old devices. every new version of Android will feature a Go version, with the possibility of faster update rollout in the future.

Specifically, the new Android Oreo Go should excel even with smartphones featuring 512 MB to 1 GB of RAM. In tests over the last month, the average user saved 1GB of space.

Google touts the Assistant for JioPhone as a special version designed for the JioPhone, and of course, it's built for India.

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