Google has a plan: bring Android to billions of other users around the world , focusing on emerging markets and developing countries. This project has been called Next Billion Users , and Android Go is the most important and ambitious bet with which Google wants to bring this initiative to reality.
You already know that you can know everything about Android here, in Andro4all , so let’s tell you everything you need to know about Android Go.
The big G announced this program in May of last year, during the Google I / O 2017, as a way to bring Android to low-end devices -with 1 GB or less of RAM-, and even so these could offer a full and balanced experience to the users.
However, there is much more behind this initiative : applications, system modifications, restrictions, manufacturers … A whole world of nuances that make Android Go the solution to the problems of those who have to settle for a smartphone with reduced benefits . Or at least that’s the idea.
What is Android Go
Google itself defines Android Go as follows:
A powerful experience for entry smartphones. It is the best of Android, built with new and reinvented applications, so even the most affordable Android smartphones are as pleasant as possible.
Or, what in other words, can be described as a special edition of the operating system , with enough modifications to be able to run and offer a good performance, even in the cheapest terminals of humble technical section . This system is composed of three basic pillars:
- An operating system with optimized performance and storage.
- A set of Google applications designed to be lighter and more responsive to the needs of people.
- A version of Google Play that allows the user to download any application, but that emphasizes the applications designed to work better in Android Go.
Android vs Android Go, what differences are there?
Just taking a look at the premises on which Android Go is based, it is easy to know how this initiative differs from the operating system in its original edition, which can be found in the rest of Android smartphones outside the Android Go program.
Even so, Google told us a while ago that, thanks to the optimizations carried out in the system, those devices with Android Go will enjoy the double of available storage compared to a terminal with Android “stock”. In addition, the overall performance would be improved between 15 and 30% , making this platform suitable for those terminals that, due to a humble technical section, could not run a full version of Android correctly.
Android Go is a special edition of the operating system, with enough modifications to offer a good performance even in the cheapest terminals.
It is necessary to comment, in addition, that Google will be responsible for releasing updates to devices that are part of the Android Go program, and not the manufacturers. On the other hand, those terminals that include the lite version of the operating system, may not include modifications at the interface level.
Android Go Apps
Android Go also comes with its own suite of applications , in the same way that Android does in its original version. In most cases, these are cut out versions of Google Apps, which sometimes lose functionality, but palliate it with a lower consumption of resources such as battery, memory or mobile data.
Currently there are eight apps that make up this collection , although it is likely to continue to grow over the months. On the other hand, the use of these apps is not, far from it, restricted to Android Go, but they can be installed and used in any Android in the world. In fact, all those who seek to save a significant amount of mobile data, or internal storage on their devices, should give them a chance, and see if it’s worth replacing the original Google apps for these lightweight alternatives.
What was initially born as a simple file explorer – and the first created by Google for Android – soon became a suite of resource optimization. But the ones that really work. Files Go is a most complete app , which among other things allows to save space and RAM , through intelligent recommendations on what kind of files or apps we can delete and uninstall.
With the latest update of the app , in addition, three essential features were introduced, such as support for microSD cards – something almost essential in low-end phones – compatibility with tablets, as well as the possibility of opening files in third-party applications.
Google Play | Files Go
With the application of maps par excellence, Google decided to go further. Instead of creating a new, lightweight and optimized app, the company decided to combine the benefits of native apps and web pages, creating Maps Go , a progressive web application, which despite including almost all the features of Google Maps , It offers a reduced consumption of resources.
How to run Maps Go
Perhaps the one in the email app was the most curious case of all. Gmail Go , unlike the rest of light apps, hardly differs from the original application , and the cuts are limited to the odd aesthetic change. For the rest, it’s just a Gmail edition that consumes less data, storage and battery.
Google Play | Gmail Go
Of course, in Android Go there is also room for entertainment, and YouTube Go is the solution that Google proposes to users to enjoy their favorite videos with a minimum consumption of data.
For this, this Lite app offers the possibility to download videos through a Wi-Fi network, and see them later without the need of an Internet connection . Today, YouTube Go is available in more than 130 countries around the world .
Google Play | YouTube Go
The Google application is one of the basic pillars of Android. On it, the search engine built into the system is based, and with it the search bar launcher, the news feed and other services of the big G . Therefore, its light version could not be absent.
Google Go was born a few months ago, as an alternative to Google’s heavy original application. It offers, of course, the search engine, a search bar for the launcher, a panel to discover new and popular apps, and much more. Everything, in a package of less than 5 MB in weight .
Google Play | Google Go
But if there is something more important than the Google app, that is the assistant. Google Assistant has become the core of the Google ecosystem, and one of the attractions of Android. And Google Assistant Gobrings all the benefits of the assistant based on artificial intelligence to less capable phones.
Today, yes, this app is only available in English , although it is expected that Google add new languages to the application over the months.
Google Play | Assistant Go
Most apps in this collection include measures to save mobile data. However, Google decided to create a specific app for this work, called Datally. It is a tool that allows to restrict the access of applications to the network, in order to avoid surprises in the bill at the end of the month.
In the main screen of the app, Datally shows us the daily consumption of each application , as well as the apps that have consumed the most data, and has a VPN to block consumption in the background.
Google Play | Datally
Almost silent, and just a few weeks ago, the Google keyboard landed in its light version . However, Gboard Go is an application that only the owners of a low-end terminal compatible with Android Go can try, given that the app has been automatically released through an update of the original version.