Google announces Android Oreo (Go Edition) for entry-level smartphones

Dec 07, 2017, 01:55
Google announces Android Oreo (Go Edition) for entry-level smartphones

Google today announced the launch of Android Oreo Go, a lightweight version of its regular Android OS that will cater to low-end smartphones.

Google also announced Google Go, Files Go, Android Oreo (Go Edition) and two-wheeler mode in Google Maps, all with a particular focus on making Google services easier to access in India.

The new Google Play Store recommends the apps most compatible with Android Oreo (Go Edition). The system was developed for Android Oreo devices with 512 MB to 1 GB and is made up of three key components. With Google Assistant for Android (Go edition), Google said people will be able to quickly send messages, make calls or set alarms, with their voice and a single touch of the screen.

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As per Google's claims, on an Android Oreo Go-running device, an average application is about 15% faster. If users are unsure whether they want to delete a file forever, they can select it from the Files menu and easily back it up to Google Drive or any other cloud storage app. So while the standard smartphone functions should remain intact, the more flamboyant features like support for AR, VR and such shouldn't be expected on the Android Go.

Share files offline. Users can transfer files directly from their phone to a nearby phone through Files Go.

Google noted that Android has grown to more than 2 billion active devices around the world, with more users in India than the US. Android Go is supposed to allow Google exercise more control over the software in budget Android phones and realise itsdream of connecting the next billion. Second, Google Go comes in a small app size, it is light on data usage, and works great even on patchy connections.

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The Files Go app is also said to create a closed network that can be accessible only by approved smartphones in any particular area to share files by creating a hotspot. Google Go is available as a preview starting today on the Google Play Store in India.

In a move to empower feature phone users in the country, Google on Tuesday announced to bring its Voice Assistant on Reliance JioPhone. It will come with Google Play Protect, the built-in mobile security that keeps the app and data safe and will also have find my device feature built-in. She said, "In spite of the socio-economic challenges, thousands of Internet Saathis have gone on to do unbelievable things, once they learnt the Internet".

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