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Google I/O 2017: Android Go for India, Brazil and other emerging markets announced

Android Go is designed to work on entry-level smartphones, and features apps that consume less mobile data.

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Today, Google announced that there are 2 billion active smartphones running on Android operating system. A majority of these users are based out of countries in India and Brazil, and with these emerging markets in mind, Google today announced ‘Android Go’. This version of the OS is basically optimized to work on entry-level smartphones, consume less data and also support multiple regional languages. 

Android Go is optimized to work with smartphones that feature 1GB of memory or less. The operating system will come with a bunch of optimized lite apps like YouTube Go, as well as a lighter variant of the Google Play Store. Google also announced a new program called ‘Building for Billions’ that will help developers build apps optimized for Android Go. The Chrome Data Saver feature too will be turned on by default. In fact, Google says that the System UI and Kernel will use just about 512MB of memory. Google says that smartphones with less than 1GB of RAM will automatically get Android Go starting with Android O. In the near future the rest of the Android versions too will get an Android Go version.

After its Android One initiative, Android Go seems to be another Google initiative that looks at bringing the operating system to the ‘next billion’ users. While Android One looked at developing entry-level hardware, Android Go is an attempt to improve the overall experience on affordable smartphones. ALSO READ: Google I/O 2017: 2 billion active smartphones running on Android OS

  • Published Date: May 18, 2017 12:39 AM IST