Google I/O 2017 developer conference took the wraps of Android Go, which will strip Android down for ultra-low-budget phones era. It’s something totally different operating system compared to the high-end Android 8.0 O with optimized apps and Play Store. Here are the details you want to know about.
Announced during the ongoing I/O keynote, Android Go is exactly what Android One was once supposed to be. And Android Go’s coe, is Android O but designed to run on cheap, inexpensive devices that have 1GB of less of RAM.
Android Go will be streamlined to run well on low-end hardware, without stripping all of the Android goodness out in the process. The target of countries will new smartphone users is clear enough. “There are now more Android users in India than there are in the US,” according to Sameer Samat, the VP of product manager for Android division and Google Play. “Every minute, seven Brazalians come online for the first time.”
Capturing these consumers with devices running Android Go would be Google’s main target right now, because if you get them now, they are more likely to use Android devices in the future and, most importantly, they will use Google services along the way.
Hopefully some improvements that will allow Google to have a better shot at selling more phones with the new Android Go platform. With that said, also says that Android Go will basically be a lightweight version of the upcoming Android ‘O’, and as mentioned, designed to run on smartphones that have 1 gig, or even 512MB, of RAM. All Android smartphones that have 1 GB RAM memory or less will automatically run Android Go.
In addition to that, the operating system being modified to work effortlessly on low memory devices, the apps that will be available from the Play Store will also be optimized to run on the lower-end hardware. In order to ensure Android Go users can still take advantage, many more apps available via the GPS, Google will remaking the Play Store app tp highlight apps that work better with the new system with badges and the like, while other Google apps are also set to receive revamps.
One example of such an app is the Go version of the YouTube application which has already been developed and is available for download right now. When running on an Android GO smartphone, the YouTube Go app will let users see preview frames of any video they want. The same app also supports the selection of video quality of any clip before streaming begins. Next biggest feature for YouTube Go is that it will allow users to download videos for offline viewing later if they’re near a Wi-Fi connection. This feature has been made available for pad YouTube Red subscribers, but it will be a free feature for the YouTube Go app and Android Go phones.
Another point to note is that the Play Store in the Android Go will also feature apps made specifically for power and data consumption. Given the fact that, data management is a big feature for OS, and owners of an Android Go phone will be able to check out data usage directly on its notification settings panel. Not everything we know about Android Go, whether it’s including which third-party phone companies, launch devices especially for the platform.
Until now, there’s still no official word if Google itself will launch its own kind of hardware with Android Go. Finally, we even don’t know which markets will offer Android Go phones, but our safe bet will be Indian market as a prime target for the platform. Google is going to target a 2018 launch for Android Go running mobile phones, so there will clearly be a lot more announcements on that front over the next several months.
Don’t expect to be picking a new Android Go device up just yet though – Google says phones from its partners will be somewhat ready in 2018, next year.
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