Google Announces Android Oreo Go Edition
As Android has evolved over the last decade, so the minimum hardware requirements have increased. Android Oreo Go edition is Google’s answer to optimising the operating system for low end devices. Google has recently announced the Android Oreo Go edition, based on Android 8.1 Oreo, which is recommended for Android devices with 1 GB of less of RAM, and by Google’s reckoning makes for a much better experience.
The rationale behind Android Oreo Go is that there are currently more than two billion active Android devices around the world. Google wants to support the next billion Android users, but recognises that growth in platform users is going to be dominated by the developing smartphone markets. The next new billion Android customers will be unable or unwilling to pay hundreds of dollars for a smartphone, so manufacturers are developing inexpensive devices. A side effect of a less expensive device is that it has less powerful hardware, but a less powerful Android device does not run as smoothly as a more powerful device. Android Oreo Go should help redress the difference.
Google’s making some impressive claims with the Android Oreo Go edition. One is that the average time to launch applications is 15% quicker, and the platform occupies around half the amount of space as the regular version of Android. This means that low end devices with very restricted internal storage should benefit from considerably more space, and that’s great news for customers.
Google has developed a line of ‘Go’ branded applications, including Google Go, Google Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, and the Google Play Store. These lightweight applications are smaller and faster when running; Google’s blog on the subject explains how the new Google Go application optimises data use by up to 40% and occupies under 5 MB of space on the device. However, despite this lightweight approach taken, Android Oreo Go still contains the same security and safety features as the regular version of Android.
It’s great news that Google has taken a long, hard look at Android and decided to cut out some of the bloat that’s accrued over the years. This should help entry level devices run smoother, and make the most of the onboard hardware. Looking away from entry level devices, I wonder if any manufacturers or, more likely, ROM builders will take a look at the Android Oreo Go edition and use some of the lighter code to design faster custom ROMs for more powerful devices?