Google today via a blog post – source link provided below – launches the Android Oreo (Go Edition) optimized for low-end devices. This was released in early hours of today as a part of Android 8.1 Oreo, which will commence rolling out to users starting 5 December 2017 (today).
Starting today, Android 8.1 will roll out to Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2XL, Pixel, Pixel C, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. There isn’t any official changelog present at present, we’ll update you with you with the that as soon as we get it.
Since Android’s creation, our mission has been to bring the power of computing to everyone. As a global operating system, Android has grown to more than 2 billion active devices around the world, with more users in India than the U.S. To make sure billions more people can get access to computing, it’s important that entry-level devices are fully functioning smartphones that can browse the web and use apps.
Sagar Kamadar, Director of Product Management, Android
Android Oreo (Go Edition) is a lightweight OS for Oreo devices running with 512MB to 1GB of memory and rather limited native storage.
This Android Oreo (Go edition) experience is made up of three key components:
- 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.
As of now, the Android Oreo Go is only available to developers – eligible end users have to wait for it to trickle down to their devices.
With Go Edition speed and reliability of on entry-level devices will increase. This means that the app’s performance will increase up to 15%. You’ll get 2x more free storage and the pre-installed apps will now take only 50 percent of space. Devices running this OS will also come with Google’s Data Saver feature which will be turned on by default. It will also control background data consumption.
All pre-installed Google apps have been also redesigned for the Android Oreo (Go Edition). This includes Google Go, Google Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, Gboard, Google Play, Chrome, and the new Files Go app by Google. These apps will now take 50% less space and will also consume less data.
Moreover, the Play Store itself has been optimized to highlight lightweight apps. A new section that recommends popular apps that are tuned to run well on entry-level devices.