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Along with the release of the Android 8.1 operating system for the Nexus and Pixel devices, Google also launched a Android Go Edition OS. This version of Android is based on Android 8.1 Oreo, but is aimed to provide better experience for the less powerful budget smartphones in the market.
It is difficult for all low-end smartphones to run the full version of Android smoothly, without the flagship hardware inside. Therefore, Google optimized Android Oreo Go Edition to be able to work on devices with 512MB to 1GB of RAM. For reference, modern flagship Android smartphones have at least 4GB of RAM (e.g. Pixel 2), or even up to 8GB (e.g. Razer Phone and OnePlus 5T).
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Inside Android Oreo Go Edition, a new set of “Go” versions of the Google apps will be installed, such as Gmail Go, YouTube Go and Files Go. They are designed to occupy less storage space (up to 50%) and run faster. Each app is only a few megabytes (MB) in size. Because of lighter and fewer pre-installed applications, the operating system requires less storage to operate.
Moreover, the built-in data manager and Google Chrome will turn on the data saver by default to help save mobile data usage. It can limit background data usage for applications. You would also get all the security features in Android 8.0/8.1 Oreo, like Find My Device and Google Play Protect.
Manufacturers will be able to ship their entry-level smartphones with Android Oreo Go Edition around the globe in the coming months.
More information about the Android Oreo Go Edition from Google and Android.
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