14 December 2017
Google I/O has already kickstarted with some mind-boggling technologies which mainly focuses on the inclusion of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning across the entire ecosystem. As great enhances Google has announced to the new Android O software, the company is not going to eliminate the possibility of the usage of their newest operating system on a wide range of smartphones, hence Google has just announced a new platform that goes by the name Android Go.
According to Google:
Android Go is designed with features relevant for people who have limited data connectivity and speak multiple languages." It's basically optimized to run smoothly on entry-level devices that are running at least Android O. This works in part by designing apps like Chrome, Gboard and YouTube Go so that they use "less memory, storage space and mobile data.
The technology basically enables the cheaper handsets to have the latest functionality without having the latest hardware. It's so optimized that it can run on a device having RAM between 512 MB and 1GB. Android Go will also include a version of Play Store that highlights the Go environment ready apps which use way lesser data. Google presentation heavily indicated towards saving data and Go everywhere gives the details of the prepaid mobile data usage from quick settings to in-app usage information.
Google also extolled YouTube Go app which allows previewing the videos before actually streaming them to save the data usage. The users can easily share the in-app downloaded videos among friends by using the in-app peer-to-peer sharing feature, thus saving others' data also.
"For the next billion users," Google is really looking forward towards the countries where cheaper phones are popular which is feasible as the company just announced that there are 2 Billion monthly active users of Android around the world.