During Google’s I/O event, a new type of operating system has been announced and will be set to get released next year, 2018. Presenting Android Go. Well, technically it is still an Android operating system, but it is intended for a generous and a more trimmed down smartphone hardware.
As unveiled, this upcoming Android Go is designed with the low-end devices in mind. It is basically a lightweight version of the newest Android version, the Android O.
Android Go will run on all upcoming devices with 1GB or lower, at least 512MB of RAM. With Android O’s demanding nature when it comes to hardware specification, smartphones with lower specs will hardly be suited to run this new operating system.
With Google’s now CEO, Sundar Pichai, the plan is to keep the lower end devices to be up-to-date with what Google Play has to offer. As updates are being released consistently, it will just be a matter of time until devices with weaker specs will be either left behind or will totally get stuck with older versions of Android.
And this scenario might hurt the Android market in the long run. So to keep everyone, including those in the less-powered corner to be loyal with Android, they have decided to develop a version that could still run with those devices.
That is a sleek move if you’re to ask me. Upgrades to this platform are inevitable. In fact, it is the only trend that most people are always curious about, aside from the annual releases of new flagships from Samsung, Apple, ASUS, HTC, OnePlus and a lot more.
So in keeping the general public relevant, comes the Android Go project. Simple yet a genius marketing strategy.
Android Go’s features include power and data management that is going to be accessible in the notification area so that everybody can monitor their data more easily. Apps on Google Play that are compatible with this Android version will be highlighted such as Youtube Go that was already released in India last year.
There is not many details that were announced about this new Android project yet so we will have to wait a little longer for some bits and pieces that Google will throw at us as the final date of release comes near.
For now, we will just have to wait and see how it goes from here. I hope it will be a success than that of the earlier attempt that was called Android One project. Whatever happened to that one.
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