Smartphones have come a long way since the announcement of the first Android smartphone and a lot of phones these days are faster than some computers and they even come with 6 or even 8 GB of memory. The Android Operating System has also evolved over the years and the latest versions of Android Nougat or Android Oreo or even older versions like Android Marshmallow or even Android Lollipop are no longer capable of running on lower end smartphones that have 1 GB of RAM or less.
While the world is gearing past these limited amount of processing power and a lot of smartphones these days come with a minimum of 2 GB of RAM built in, there are still people out there who owns devices that have 1 GB of RAM or less and even a lot of popular smartphone OEMs still manufacture those kind of device to attract the user base with a very less budget.
On an aim to target these audience base and an attempt to make the latest version of Android run even on phones with the bare minimum processing power, Google announced an ambitious project called Android Oreo Go which would be designed and developed exclusively for low end smartphones with 1 GB of RAM or less.
After a few month, Google has now officially announced the release of Android Oreo Go 8.1 for low end devices and it would be running on a lot of smartphones really soon. The main aim for the Android Oreo Go version is to make sure that every single smartphone user gets to enjoy the bleeding edge features of the latest version of Android with all the safety, security and the interesting updates.
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So, if you are interested to know how things would be in the Go version of Android Oreo 8.1, we have put together a list of top 5 features of it.
Top 5 Features of Android Oreo Go For Low End Smartphones
More Internal Storage Space:
Usually even if you get a device with 64 GB of internal storage memory, you could only use around 50 GB of it as a lot of space on your internal storage is consumed by the Android OS and the system files.
While it might not seem a lot for people with a lot of internal memory, low end phones usually come with only 4 or 8 GB of storage space and using an external sd card will only slow them down. So, to solve this Android Oreo Go version is well optimized that it only occupies 2 times the less space than the normal version of Android.
Smaller system apps:
Be it a stock Android smartphone or a one with a custom skin, every Android phone comes preloaded with a suite of Google apps like Gmail, Maps, Play Music, Photos, Search, Assistant and a bunch of other stuffs. These apps tend to occupy a lot of your internal storage and they are only bound to increase as you use them more.
To solve this issue and to save the limited amount of storage space available in low end smartphones, Google has completely optimized all the preloaded Google apps in the Android Oreo Go version which means they now occupy upto 50% less memory than the normal apps, which means more internal storage space for you.
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Files Go is an exclusive file manager developed for Android Oreo Go based devices but it was accidentally leaked on the Google Play Store a few weeks back. Generally stock version of Android do not come with a file manager app but with Android Oreo Go you will be getting Files go to efficiently manage all your files and also to easily transfer them from your phone to your PC and vice versa.
Built in Data Saver:
Android Oreo Go also comes equipped with a built in system wide data saver which aims at restricting both background and foreground data usage of apps when you switch from WiFi to mobile data. The data saver feature will be enabled by default on Android Oreo Go smartphones and even the Google Chrome browser comes with the feature allowing you to save upto 60% of your data while browsing.
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Google Play Store Go:
Apart from optimizing its own apps and modifying to work properly in Android Oreo Go running devices, Google is also working on launching an exclusive app store for these low end devices called Google Play Store Go. Google will enable all the developers to upload optimized and toned down versions of their apps exclusively for these devices to give the Android Oreo Go users the same experience as the normal version of Android users.
The Android Oreo 8.1 Go will be releasing today by Google and you can see it on a lot of upcoming budget devices very soon. What do you think about Android Oreo Go? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!