Google launches lighter Android Oreo (Go edition) for entry level devices

Google's new lightweight Android: Oreo Go is out now, so who's it aimed at?

Google on Tuesday formally launched the free Files Go app, which in addition to having the usual functions of space and file management apps, also culls out all "good morning" messages on an Android device, so that a user can delete them en masse. The Android Oreo (Go edition) has been created to work with either 512MB or 1GB of RAM. The goal is to reach out to a larger user base and share the recent Android experience even with those who use entry-level devices. Speaking about language, the Google Go app also lets users switch and see search results in different languages.

Android Oreo is the first version to get the "Go" treatment for seamless Android experience on devices with less than 1GB RAM.

As per Google's claims, on an Android Oreo Go-running device, an average application is about 15% faster. While the lightweight Android version is available for manufacturers and developers, the final build is expected to roll out soon on new devices perhaps early next year. "We're not just adapting our products for India, we're building for India first", says Caesar Sengupta, who heads the Next Billion Users division at Google.

Aimed at over 50 crore feature phone users, the 2.4 inch device has 2MP rear camera and houses 2000mAh battery. Second, Google Go comes in a small app size, it is light on data usage, and works great even on patchy connections. For example, navigation and directions on Google Maps will now come with a two-wheeler mode, which will show commuters routes through narrow alleys where bikes or scooters can easily venture. Sadly, existing budget devices won't be able to enjoy the Oreo Go, unless OEMs figure out some way to seed the new OS on old devices. every new version of Android will feature a Go version, with the possibility of faster update rollout in the future. The company also launched a Google Play Store that highlights apps designed for cheaper devices.

The Google Assistant for JioPhone will be available in English and Hindi, the company announced during an event here.

The Google Assistant on Reliance JioPhone can help the user make phone calls, text, play music and videos, navigate and search the internet, and access other apps and services. She said, "In spite of the socio-economic challenges, thousands of Internet Saathis have gone on to do wonderful things, once they learnt the Internet".

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