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Android Go is a New Experience for Low Cost Devices With 1GB RAM or Less

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Google announced a new move today in its never-ending goal of bringing computing devices to everyone. It’s called Android Go and it’s an experience geared toward devices with 1GB RAM or less.

The experience will be available to manufacturers looking to build lower-cost phones that still offer a decent smartphone experience, even with the lack of higher-end specs. The limit really is 1GB RAM or less, so we’re talking about the lowest tier of available phones. 

The Android Go make-up is comprised of an optimized version of Android O that runs fantastically on these entry-level devices, a specific set of Google apps that have been designed to use less memory, storage space, and data, and Google Play that highlights those types of apps.

Google hopes to start shipping Android Go in 2018.

Via: Android Developers
  • Armaan Modi

    This is great for countries like India.

  • So… maybe this could also be used by the dev community to revive older devices? Zombified OG Droid anyone?

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  • Droid 1967

    I am not seeing this at all, unless this is a step to make android more regular android for wearables, i dont see any reason to spend the resources and cost here for cheap phones.

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    • Xman332

      Yeah, who cares about 90% of the world who can’t afford $800 phones. Why should they get one?

      • Droid 1967

        there are many phones that arent 800 dollars, your comment is ridiculous and argument for nothing. The cost of the extra 1 gig of ram i snot enough to make the phone cost much different. so the cost is just not there, gig of ram for a smart phones cost 15-20 dollars per gig, probably less if bought in large bulk. we are talking ram here not the whole phone. The cost isnt there to do this so they can make a phone 15 dollars cheaper. aapl underneath has a much more logical argument than yours, But i still say you will see full android not wear coming to wearables.

        • Xman332

          Are you really that sheltered that you don’t think $15-20 dollars can be a huge difference for a substantial portions of our earth’s population?

          • Droid 1967

            the price of the ram is 1/32 for the price of the overall parts of the phone. if you cant afford the extra 1/32 than you shouldn’t buy the phone. and those that cant afford that in the areas you are talking about cant afford the phone at all. so you can keep arguing but your argument is extremely questionable about who is sheltered. if it added 25% phone cost i would agree. the cost added to the overall phone is too small to make a difference of buying the phone or not. the parts of the world that cant afford 100 dollars cant afford 90 dollars and thats 1/10. not 1/32 of the price.

  • cdm283813

    Will not just make 2GB the default memory config for Android O?

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    • Terrance Steiner

      Because of developing markets.

  • shamatuu

    really hope it goes better than Android One which didn’t really take off. Though why in 2018. That’s just way to late into the game. By that time people won’t care about it and they just shot themselves in the foot. They never learn their lesson.

    • josuearisty

      Android One is a program for low cost devices, not an entire OS which this is suppose to be.

    • Armaan Modi

      Your comment is totally wrong.