Android Oreo (Go Edition), better known as Android Go is the latest in Google’s attempt to reach it’s ‘next billion’ users. Smartphones in times have gone from being just a tool for ‘Hello’ to an everyday companion and just as the evolution of these gadgets was inevitable, so also was the evolution of the operating system that powers them. As necessary as these smartphones are to everyday usage. half of the worlds population don’t have access to the internet. There are about 7 billion people the world over but only an estimated 3.5 billion are connected to the internet. the missing numbers account for poor countries which many of its populace can’t afford a decent smartphone or have the money for the internet. Part of Android’s mission is to bring computing to everyone, google, therefore, is trying to bridge that gap with android GO.
WHAT IS ANDROID GO?
Android Go is a stripped-down version of the Android Oreo (Android 8.1) which has budget and entry-level smartphones in mind. It is easy on data usage, consumes less space than the ‘normal’ android OS and focuses solely on the lite version of apps. Android Go is targeted to run on smartphones which has 512mb-1gb of RAM. It takes up roughly half the space of giving smartphones with low storage the breathing room to hold more media and apps out of the box — most Android Go smartphones come with 8 or 16 GB of storage.
WHAT DO I GET ON THE ANDROID GO?
On the android go, you get everything you get on every other android phone, granted, most apps come in the GO version like the Google, Gmail, Maps, Youtube,Files, Chrome and so on, it does not interfere with the overall android experience . Apps on the android go are said to open at 15% faster than on other versions of android. Keep in mind that these apps may be slimmer and faster, but they might be missing a feature or two. For example, you can’t set reminders or control smart home devices with Assistant Go, but you can do most other standard things like set alarms, open apps, and ask various questions.
The data saver feature added by google on the OS is a bonus for those running on a limited data plan.
WHICH DEVICES RUN ANDROID GO?
We saw the first batch of Android Go devices at MWC (Mobile World Congress) in February. Six smartphones were announced, with arguably the most interesting one being the Alcatel 1X. What makes it stand out from the rest is that in addition to an affordable price tag it also comes with an 18:9 display — something we’re more used to seeing on high-end and some mid-range smartphones.
Ever since HMD Global took over the business of Nokia, the company has made significant improvements in the mobile world resurrecting the brand. HMD Global recently made the surprising announcement that all of its Nokia-branded phones going forward will be either Android One or Android Go devices. That’s great news for consumers as they’ll be able to get the smoothest, most secure install of the OS across a range of different price points.
SHOULD I BUY THE DEVICES RUNNING ANDROID GO?
Without being superfluous, YES.