20 August 2018
Google has officially announced Android 9 Pie (Go edition) aimed at entry-level and low-powered smartphones. It is a toned down version of Android 9 Pie which was unveiled earlier this year and is also available on select devices. As you would expect, it comes with a few improvements over the predecessor Android Oreo (Go edition).
The biggest improvement in Android Pie (Go edition) is the availability of an additional 500MB storage space. This might not sound like a big thing but when you consider Android Go devices with 8GB of storage, it is indeed a significant boost. Google is further claiming faster boot times and also implemented security features like the verified boot. It also has a dashboard to help users keep an eye on their data consumption which is a handy feature for those on limited data usage plan.
Apart from these improvements, Android Pie (Go edition) will bring most of the new features or changes included in Android Pie. It means the new app switcher, adaptive brightness, new emojis, and gesture navigations. This new Android Go version is expected to arrive starting this fall.
Android Go is Google's attempt at providing a smoother and better user experience even on low-powered Android devices. These devices usually come with only 1GB of RAM with internal storage either 8GB or 16GB. It not only features an Android version tweaked for better performance on low specced devices but also has a bunch of trimmed down app versions like Google Go, Maps Go, Assistant Go, and YouTube Go. It mentioned that there are now over 200 Android Go devices in more than 120 countries of the world with pricing as low as $30.