Android Oreo (Go Edition), a lite version of Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo operating system designed for low-end and budget market devices, was introduced for the first time at the Google event.
The Mountain View house today announces the availability of Android Oreo (Go Edition) for developers and manufacturers. It will become available over the next few months, while its code is now available for developers through Android 8.1.
Android Oreo (Go Edition) is basically a release of the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system optimized for smartphones with 512MB or 1GB of RAM. Android Oreo (Go Edition) is not a fork of Android, but a variant of Android that manufacturers can choose to use simply by checking a configuration flag. Google uncovers three key points around which run Android Oreo (Go Edition): optimizations of the operating system, updated versions of the Google apps and the Play Store:
- Operating System: Performance and storage improvements to the OS with data management features and security benefits built-in.
- Google Apps: A new set of Google apps, designed to be lighter and relevant to the unique needs of people who are coming online for the first time.
- Google Play Store: A tuned version of the Google Play Store that allows you to download any app, but also highlights the apps designed to work best on your device.
Google also provides some performance data: the apps running on Android Oreo Go Edition will have an average 15 percent faster app startup time, the company said, and preloaded apps will be optimised will take up 50 percent less space on the available storage. Google said an average Oreo Go device will be able to store an extra 1,000 photos with these optimizations.
The Android Oreo Go Edition devices will also be distributed with the data saving feature enabled by default – the user will still be able to choose which apps to activate in this mode. Android Go smartphones will come with getting the same security features as available on the standard version, including Google Play Protect.
The set of pre-installed apps on Android Oreo (Go Edition) devices includes Google Go, Google Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, Gboard, Google Play, Chrome, and the new Files Go. All Android Go apps have been redesigned for both, fast opening speed as well as less storage space. Google Play Store also enriched by a section that encloses the best app for entry-level devices.