When the Android Go was first announced in the Google I/O conference held this week, we were unsure whether this new development by Google is another version of an Android or something more. To our dismay, Google did not reveal much about the Android Go and many questions were left unanswered. We weren’t left in the dark for a long time though. An online tech forum, Gadgets 360, got the opportunity to conduct a short interview of Sameer Samat, the spokesperson of Google on the topic of the Android Go in the Google I/I conference.
What Exactly Is the Android Go?
Android Go is not, in fact, a new Android version. The Android O is still the latest development in that regard. Instead Android Go is designed to be a lightened and more energy efficient version of the Android O. Think of it as the Facebook Lite of Facebook. The Android Go will be available on devices that have a limited memory and storage capacity as low as 1 GB or even as low as 512 MB RAM.
This new Android OS is speculated by some as a newer version of Android One that was introduced a few years ago. The Android One, however, was not very successful or popular among consumers so the whole enterprise pretty much backfired. We do, however, have higher hopes for Android Go.
According to Sameer Samat: “Android Go is not a new version of Android, it’s a project name, and it’s focused on the three things I mentioned before – optimizing Android O, optimizing the Google apps, and highlighting apps from the third-party ecosystem in the Play Store, and that’s how they [Android Go and Android One] are a little bit different.”
Why Introduce Android Go?
Android OS has been notorious for leeching the RAM space of the smartphone devices it runs on. Android manufacturers saw the solution to this problem by bringing out the Android Go that claims to be efficient and take up less memory and storage so everyone can benefit from the new Android OS.
Furthermore, Android Go will make Android O and beyond available for everyone even those smartphones that do not have enough memory space for the full version of Android O. This version of the Android Operating System will not have all the features of the original Android O but it will do the job as a lightened OS.
Features of the Android Go
One of the primal features of Android Go is the new applications that will come with the OS. Google plans to level up its Play Store by introducing a whole new collection of lightened apps like Facebook Lite. One of the apps that were made public was the Youtube Go. Youtube Go will let you use the Youtube app in a more efficient way. Previews of videos you want to watch will be available and they can be saved for offline viewing as well once a WiFi connection is made available. Youtube Go will allow subscribed Youtube Red users to watch their shows as well.
The exact number of the new apps Google plans to bring in its Google Play Store is unknown but we can assume there will be a lightened app for all the popular ones – Facebook, Chrome, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat etc.
The Android Go will not be limited to only lightened apps though. Authorities confirmed that original apps will still be available in the Google Play Store of the Android Go devices so users can choose to download them if they want. The Play Store will, however, highlight the low-bandwidth apps that will indicate if the app is a light version or not. Also, the Android Go will not constantly ask for updates of the apps to further conserve battery and storage life, but updates will be available to download by default.
Similarly, users with full Android O smartphones will also be able to download the light apps from their Google Play Store so no app will be confined to any one operating system only.
When Will Android Go Be Available?
At the Google I/O conference, Android manufacturers only teased of the new Android Go. We still don’t know a lot about this new development and can expect more news to come in the next few months. Which Android smartphones will come with Android Go was still not revealed and although there is no set date for the release of Android Go, it is highly probable we won’t be seeing it before 2018.