In the World of Smart Phone, Android has shown itself to be a name to reckon with. The secret of its success lies in the fact that it is open source. This means that it is made available for free and the makers (Google) allows for customization. Another secret for its success is that the Android Operating System makes it possible for smart phone manufacturer to have multiple range of smart phones in their production line. These usually ranges from budget (entry-level) and cheap smart phone to high-end expensive smart phone. The succession of the android versions has therefore seen added capabilities and increase in hardware requirements (e.g Memory required to run the OS), as a result, android smart phone gets costlier. However, the introduction of the Android Go Edition appears to solve this problem. Let us see how.
Android Go was introduced on the Android 8 (Oreo), therefore it is also called Android Oreo(Go Edition). Android Go is a stripped down (reduced) version of the original Android (called Stock Android). It is specifically designed to run on entry-level smart phones. This is made possible by optimizing the Operating System, its own Google Play Store and Google Apps, leading to better user experience on lesser hardware.
Android Go: Review
The Operating System
The operating system is based on Android Oreo, however it has been optimized to work perfectly on smartphones with 512MB to 1GB of RAM as opposed to the minimum of 2GB of RAM required to run Android 7 (Nougat). The implications of this optimization are that
- It allows for production of more entry-level smart phones at cheaper cost as it only requires lesser hardware
- Gives more room for smart phones with low storage
- Apps open more faster
- Google has also enabled the data saver feature for Android Go users by default to help them consume less data
Pre – Installed Google Apps
In order to match the design of the optimized OS, Google has also redesigned its Apps to make better use of the devices’ memory. Like the OS, the apps are designed to require 50 percent (half) less space of the regular Apps and perform better on cheap or low – end hardware. The Android Go Edition smartphones come pre – installed with these apps, and to identify them separately, they have the suffix “Go”. They are listed below:
- Google Go
- Google Assistant Go
- Youtube Go
- Google Maps Go
- Gmail Go
- Files Go
- Gboard Go
- Google Play Store
The Google play store on Android Go Smart Phones offers the same great experience as on the regular OS, however it has also been optimized to suggest the best and recommended apps for Android Go Smart Phone users
Android Go: Pros And Cons
- Because of its light weight and optimization, Android Go Smart Phones are faster
- Android Go Edition requires low-end hardware making the smart phone with the OS cheaper
- It allows enough space for low memory devices since it is not memory intensive
- Because of the Optimization and slimmer versions of the Google Apps, they might be missing a feature or two compared with the regular Apps
Smart Phones Running Android Go
Nokia 1 (Specs)
- 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with 854 x 480 resolution
- 1.1GHZ quad-core MediaTek MT6737M processor
- Mali-T720MP2 GPU
- 1 GB RAM
- 8GB built-in storage, expandable via microSD up to 128GB
- 5MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera
- 2,150mAh battery
- Android 8.1 Oreo(Go Edition)
Tecno Spark 2 (Specs)
- 6-inch, IPS capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 730 resolution
- Quad-core Mediatek MT6580WP CPU
- 1 GB RAM
- 16GB built-in storage, expandable via microSD up to 64GB
- Rear Fingerprint sensor
- 3,500mAh battery
- Android 8.1 Oreo(Go Edition)
Others Are Tecno F1, Itel A11, Tecno F2 with many others appearing in the market.
Android Go: My Opinion
In most developing countries, smart phones contribute tremendously to the total online presence, with the internet usage ranging from the use for social media to mobile financial market generally known as mobile money. The introduction of the Android Go Flavor of the stock Android by google will take this a step further. Users from emerging markets like India and Nigeria will benefit greatly as the smart phones running Android Go will be more affordable.
Therefore, if you are looking for a great entry-level smart phone with the latest Android OS, Try smart phones with Android Go OS.
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