Let’s Talk About Android Go


While Android OS isn’t too bulky and seems to run fine on most modern smartphones, there are those that complain about the speed on devices with smaller RAMS. To combat this issue, Google has released its lightweight counterpart, the Android Go. This alternative OS will run on devices with comparatively smaller RAMs. This is a bid to help smartphone users in developing nations to avail the full use of the device even with lower RAM configurations.

Whats The Difference Between Android Go and Regular Android?

On the surface, there seems to be very little difference between the Android Go and the full version of Android. You should note that Android Go isn’t an OS which is launched directly to the public. Instead, Android Go is shipped to phone manufacturers who can then build their custom ROM around the OS. Changes have been made deep under the hood, so unless you mean do dig deep, you won’t find much.

The whole point of Android Go was to build a system, users were already familiar with. While a few tweaks have been made to the appearance (the way the recent apps are shown for one), the functionality remains the same.

However, there are a few features missing from Android Go which is understandable. The Daydream VR feature is one notable absence. While the split screen functionality is another. Neither seem like deal breakers though.

Special Android Go Apps

Surely, Google could not have released a lighter version of their OS without making a few subtle differences to their default applications. All the regular applications that come standard with Android phones (Maps, Google Assistant, Youtube, Gmail) have their own Go version as well. There are lighter, consume less data, and are smaller in sizes. While they are smaller and faster, they’re also missing a few features. Which you may or may not miss depending on how heavily you use those applications.

Who Is The Go OS For?

As mentioned before Google is now targetting more developing countries where the purchasing powers aren’t as high as in the United States or other European nations. It see’s Go, as their build block for their next billion customers. Once Google is able to provide the relevant software phone manufacturers can use it to build cheaper phones that provide almost the same type of computing power as the flagships or each manufacturer.

Which Companies Have Released An Android Go Phone?

As was obvious from the promise of the Go OS, smartphone manufacturers looking to capture the lower segment of the market were more excited about the release of Go. These are the smartphone manufacturers who have capitalized on Go and have released their offering to markets like India. Lava, Micromax, Alcatel, General Mobile. Even Nokia has released a smartphone in the form of the Nokia 1 in the hopes of capturing the market like it did previously.

What Does Go Mean For App Developers?

There is nothing to note to app developers in Canada about the release of Android Go. All apps will be available for download in the Playstore. It always helps to have Lite version of your app for people who are casual users of the app. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media companies already have lite versions, and they did even before Go was announced.

If you have any thoughts relating to Android Go that you would like to share with us, we’d be more than happy to hear them out. Personally, we think Android Go is a fantastic innovation and one that will propel the future of smartphone OS. What are your thoughts on the matter? Let us know in the comments below.

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