Google's lightweight Android operating system is designed for low-cost phones and users in developing countries.
(CCM) — Google is launching a slimmed-down version of its Android Oreo 8.1 mobile operating system for people with low-end devices with less than 1 GB of memory and little internal storage.
Android Oreo (Go edition) is also targeted at users in developing countries where where data downloads are slow, or expensive, or both.
The software has been optimized for entry-level device so that the average app runs 15% faster on it, the company claims. The pre-installed Google apps also take up 50% less space, leaving users with more storage capacity for photos, music, and other data. These apps include Google Go, Google Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, Gboard, Google Play, Chrome, and a new app called Files Go. This is a file-management app which helps users clear storage space with recommendations for removing spam, duplicate images, and unused apps.
Android Oreo (Go edition) comes with Google's data saver features turned on by default, and this can save the average user more than 600 MB of data per year when using Google's Chrome browser, the company says.
It will be released on December 6, 2017, and entry-level devices will begin shipping with the software pre-installed in the coming weeks.
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