Google announces Android Oreo (Go Edition) for entry-level smartphones

Thursday, 07 Dec, 2017

Google claims on a device with 8GB of onboard storage, Android Go will provide up to two times more space than an equivalent phone running a full-fledged version of Android Nougat. Similarly, the new OS isn't that storage intensive as well, which means its target devices will have lesser storage on board though Google didn't mention as to how low of a memory that the Android Oreo Go devices will come with. The objective is to reach out to a larger user base and share the recent Android experience even with those who use entry-level devices.

Earlier this year at the I/O 2017 event, Google announced Android Go - a lighter version of Android for entry-level smartphones.

Google Go is a new information app that promises to reduce data by up to 40 percent and takes up 5MB of space. The company also announced Google Go and Files Go features among many others. Google Go comes with three features.

Since then we haven't heard much of Android Go, but this week Google finally unveiled Android Oreo (Go edition) as part of the Android 8.1, whose release is expected tomorrow. Even the Google search app will be available as Google Go, tailored for firsttime internet users.

Google noted that Android has grown to more than 2 billion active devices around the world, with more users in India than the US.

The Files Go app is also said to create a closed network that can be accessible only by approved smartphones in any particular area to share files by creating a hotspot.

The website, specialized in technology topics, reported that Datally's features are nothing new, as they can be found among the capabilities in Android settings, but putting them into one app makes it easier for people to find and use them. Now, Google's Files Go is now available globally at Google Play. In tests over the last month, the average user saved 1GB of space.

Google has launched Google Assistant for the JioPhone, a feature phone from Reliance Jio.

Google touts the Assistant for JioPhone as a special version designed for the JioPhone, and of course, it's built for India. The company also launched a Google Play Store that highlights apps designed for cheaper devices. However, that is not all that Google announced.

Internet Saathi - Google plans to expand its "Internet Saathi" programme, run in partnership with Tata Trusts.