25 September 2019
Google started the month with Android 10 release, the latest Android version which will be coming to many Android phones over time as well new phones launching throughout next year. And now, it is ending the month with the announcement of Android 10 (Go edition) for entry-level and budget smartphones.
With Android 10 (Go edition), Google is claiming even faster performance than previous versions which is expected considering the idea behind creating this specialized Android version. In comparison to Android 9 Pie (Go edition), apps are said to launch 10% faster which is likely to be a significant improvement for smartphones with 1GB or less RAM.
The biggest change included in the new version is Adiantum encryption support for security purposes. This is a new encryption method aimed at low-end devices so that they can be secure without compromising on the performance. It is undoubtedly a big boost for such devices which could not provide efficient encryption without taking a performance hit.
Google explains this new encryption as:
"Adiantum is built to run efficiently without specialized hardware, meaning all Go edition users will have the same level of data security as any Android device, without compromising performance. This will make the next generation of devices more secure than their predecessors, and allow the next billion people coming online for the first time to do so safely."
One of the integral components of Android Go is Go-edition apps which are tweaked version of mainstream apps. These apps are meant to perform efficiently on low-end devices with the best possible performance. Most of these apps are from Google but there are Go-edition apps from third-party devs like Uber, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, and Spotify.
The all-new Android 10 (Go edition) will be coming pre-installed on new Android Go devices that will be released in the future. As of now, Google claims that there are over 1,600 Android Go phones that have been launched in over 180 countries.