Google is taking huge efforts to help everyone on this planet use a smartphone efficiently and without any hassles. For countries like India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia where the countries are still developing, many people use cheap and entry-level phones which at times, cannot support a huge OS perfectly. For easing out their problem, Google has announced Android Go, a compact OS to fit the lower end devices to perform better and more efficiently.
The Android has been one of the most important inventions of this century, thanks to Google, they have invented one of the most versatile and user friendly operating systems the world has ever seen. As devices are getting more and more powerful with each passing day, Android devs are creating stronger, better and more resource hungry applications. But since everyone cannot afford a top end device like the Samsung Galaxy S8 or an iPhone 7s plus, people resort to smaller devices with not a very great hardware configuration, and with minimal scope of running resource hungry applications.
The Android Go is the answer from Google, for all the problems associated with operating systems that have touched sizes of gigabytes. Android Nougat 7.1.1 package has a size of nearly 1989 MB. It can be imagined what resources that Android 7.1 must demand. Smaller processors like the Snapdragon 200 series or the 400 series, aren’t optimised for being able to handle such performance demands.
The Android Go is somewhat like the Android One, that Google had launched a few years ago. The new OS has been announced as a part of the Google I/O keynote address.The new OS will be optimised to work with devices carrying 1 and 2 GB RAM. Eventually Google will roll out updates for such devices to run the Android Go, and all devices with low memory and resources will run Android Go. Applications like the Gboard, Youtube, Chrome, Hangouts will be optimised for running on low memory and minimising data usage.
But that wouldn’t mean that applications won’t be available from the Play Store for people. Most of the applications would be optimised and compressed for low data running, and won’t even ask for continuous updates. While it is true that ‘lite’ versions of the applications would be highlighted, the entire catalog will still be available for users; there will be no separate play store.
Disagreeing with allegations that it is Google’s yet another attempt to control all updates, this program has been integrated into the general android program, and Android Go isn’t going to be a separate OS, with a separate app store. It will essentially another android version, focussed on providing smooth and satisfying performance for devices low on memory and resources.
In our honest opinion, Android Go has a much better chance of success simply because it isn’t being showcased and released as a segregated application and operating system. Google is instead trying to scale down its operating systems. Out of around 2 billion active android devices active, more than half belong to the entry-level and the budget segment – which means that more people need an OS optimised for running on low configs. Great decision Google! This goes a long way to show you actually care about the user experience.