It appears that owners of low-end Android smartphone users can breathe a sigh of relief. Google announced, on 5 December, that it would be delivering on its Android Oreo upgrade for all those devices which have a RAM of 1 GB or less. According to Google, the new optimized update, which was announced first at the Google I/O conference in May, will be known as Android Oreo Go.
Currently, the upgrade is in the hands of developers only, it shouldn’t be long before the users get their hands on it as well. The Mountain-View based Google launched Android Go with the Android 8.1 software update on 6th December.
Google claims that all of these low-end smartphones – which are housing 1 GB of RAM or less – will come with various Go optimisations. Primarily, there is an optimized OS with data management and security features built-in to suit the devices. There’s a new set of apps which also occupy less memory. There’s also an upgraded Play Store which can also highlight which apps work best with the optimised OS.
Google has astonishingly claimed that the average app running on Android Go would be 15 percent faster and would occupy 50 percent less space on the device. The company also said that Android Go will come with all the security features that were available in Android Oreo. Mostly these optimised apps include native Google apps like Google maps, Google Play, Gmail, Gboard and also YouTube.
There is also another optimised app which goes by the name Google Go – that would optimise data by 40 percent and find trending information faster. The new Files Go app will help clean up space and also stay organised. At a time when there are a lot of phones being launched with at least 3 GB RAM, and in some cases 8 GB, the new Google Android Go comes across as a thoughtful upgrade to the devices which may not have the luxury of having massive amounts of RAM and storage allocated to them.
Hardware Support for Oreo Go
With Google bringing Android Oreo Go edition to smartphone manufacturers, Taiwanese semiconductor company MediaTek on Thursday confirmed an announcement that it is now supporting the new Android OS.
Google has chosen to collaborate with the semiconductor company to ensure that Android Oreo ‘Go’ works well on its line-up of processors. This, in turn, would enable a faster time-to-market mechanism for device manufacturers while ensuring a quality Android smartphone experience
Some of the MediaTek chipsets, including MT6739 and MT6737, are now currently supporting Android Oreo ‘Go’ for 4G devices while MT6580 supports the OS for 3G devices.
Android ‘Go’ smartphones powered by MediaTek chips will be available globally in the first quarter of 2018.