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What is Android Go, what does it offer and what devices does it run on?
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(Pocket-lint) – Google first announced Android Go back in 2017 at its I/O Developer Conference. Since then, we have seen a large number of phones launched running the software, all of which fit easily into the budget category of smartphones.
This was around the same time it first announced Android Oreo and Google Home. As for Android Go, it was a new version of Android designed for low-end smartphones.
What is Android Go?
Google wants to bring the power of Android to everyone, which is why it came up with Android Go, a lite version of Android. It’s still mostly Android as you know, but the software has been optimized for smartphones with lower performance processors, smaller amounts of memory and less mobile data available.
Android Go has resulted in more affordable devices with Android software tailored to these devices. This software is intended for entry-level smartphones with between 512 MB and 2 GB of RAM.
What does Android Go offer?
Android Go focuses on three things: the first is to optimize the latest versions of Android to work well on budget devices. The second is a lighter set of Google apps, such as Google Chrome and Gboard, all of which will use less memory, storage space, and mobile data.
The third is a lite version of the Google Play Store. It looks like the Play Store you can now find on standard Android and it features the entire Android app catalog, but it uniquely highlights apps that use less data, storage or memory in one section. separate box at the top, labeled “Optimized for your device”.
With the release of the Go edition of Android 12, apps now launch up to 30% faster and with much smoother animation. The new version saves battery life and storage by automatically putting apps to sleep that haven’t been used for a while. Plus, Files Go lets you recover files within 30 days, so you can confidently delete unnecessary files to free up more space.
Android 12 added options to translate on-screen content or listen to news by accessing the recent apps screen. You can share apps between devices using Nearby Sharing to avoid having to use mobile data if you need a new app while on the go. The update also added profile switching if multiple people need to use a single device.
Finally, Android 12GB has added additional privacy controls that allow you to see and control exactly how much private information your apps can access. It also included a new privacy indicator in the status bar, so you can see if an app is currently accessing your microphone or camera.
How is Android Go different from Android?
On the surface, Android Go looks a lot like Android or Android One. But you’ll find that many default apps have been replaced with “Go” equivalents. They understand:
- Google Go – replacing the standard Google search app
- Gallery Go – photos/offline editing (instead of Photos)
- Go Camera
- Assistant Go – a lightweight alternative to Google Assistant
- The files go
Files Go is installed to help you manage the amount of storage currently in use. It will give you suggestions on deleting unnecessary files or old apps that you don’t use. Like regular Android, you get Digital Wellbeing to manage your screen time and set Do Not Disturb timers.
Why is Android Go important?
As we mentioned above, Google has said it wants to bring the power of Android to everyone. In order to accomplish this and provide a good experience for all Android devices rather than those with the flagships, such as the Pixels and Galaxy S22 of this world, the Android software must also meet the needs of low-end devices. range.
Some budget handsets are less capable of handling heavier apps due to their lower memory capacities and less powerful processors. Android Go, however, means those who buy the lower-end Android handsets, whether in developing countries or those on a lower budget, are offered a better overall experience.
Not only does the software take up much less space than a typical Android, but it’s also able to understand and adapt to hardware limitations.
What is Android (Go edition)?
Google initially said all devices with 1GB of RAM or less would get the Android Go configuration, starting with Android Oreo. He also said at the time that, going forward, every version of Android will have an Android Go setup. This changed with Android 11; phones with 2GB or less are now the barrier to entry and that remains the same for Android 12.
Google claims that over 200 million people are actively using an Android Go phone.
Which phones run Android Go?
There are a number of manufacturers that build affordable Android Go edition devices. They understand:
- Nokia C21
- Nokia C21 Plus
- Nokia C2 2nd Edition
- Ulefone Note 7
- Alcatel 1
- Samsung Galaxy J2 Core
- ZTE Blade L8
Sure, there are more phones out there, but these are probably the ones worth looking into if you’re looking for a budget phone. There are older models like Nokia 2.1 and Samsung Galaxy J4 Core, Redmi Go and Moto E5 Play Go among many others.
Written by Maggie Tillman and Britta O’Boyle. Edited by Luke Baker.