Google finally launched Android Go at an event in India yesterday. Android Go, a lightweight version of Android was announced back in May with Google’s vision to reach the next billion users. And what better way to do that then with India. According to Google itself, India has more Android users that the US. India is the second most populated country in the world after China and Google does not want to miss this opportunity. Already more than 2 billion activated Android devices exist in the ecosystem, and with Android Go, that number will rise sharply.
Google no longer calls Android Go as such, instead, it is being referred to as Android Oreo (Go). Apparently, the “Lite” version of Google will run on very low-specced devices with even as little as 512 MB RAM. Also, with the lightweight version comes faster startup times and 2x storage space conservation said Google. The OS will come with apps like Google Go, YouTube Go, Files Go, Gmail Go and so on. Google’s Play Store will also get an on-diet version, especially for the new OS.
The list of changes also includes recent preview and multi-user settings. For the most part, Google is trying its best to keep it close to full Android. The Mountain View giant also will be dedicating a team to the Go version for fast updates, as declared during the event. The new Go edition will not be limited to any region and will be available globally from tomorrow.