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Android Oreo Go now official, targets low-end devices

Android Oreo (Go edition) now official (Source: The Keyword)
Android Oreo (Go edition) now official (Source: The Keyword)
Next to Android 8.1 Oreo, Google intros the Go edition, which is a variant of its mobile operating system that comes with a lighter set of Google apps and has been optimized to work on devices with 512 MB to 1 GB of memory.

Although this might sound new to many (including myself, to be honest), Android Go is not something that came out of the blue. This lightweight mobile operating system has been detailed back at I/O 2017, and now the time has come for it to hit the market.

Android Oreo (Go edition) comes to provide a full Google experience to those using low-end handsets. This Android build is optimized for devices with 512 MB to 1 GB of memory, but it also comes with the following highlights:

  • redesigned Google apps to use less space, thus providing more storage out of the box when compared to Android Nougat
  • tuned Google Play store that highlights the apps "designed to work best on your device" 
  • overall performance improvements with data management features and "security benefits" ready from the first moment of use

Those curious about the contents of the list of rebuilt Google apps mentioned above should be aware that the new Files Go file management app has been added to the list of preloaded apps, next to Google Go, Google Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, Gboard, Google Play, and Google Chrome.

Tomorrow, Android 8.1 Oreo will get an official launch together with the Go edition. In the meantime, feel free to take Files Go for a spin since it runs on all devices with Android 5.0 Lollipop or later.

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-12- 5 (Update: 2017-12- 5)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.