10 September 2020
Google rolled out the first stable release of Android 11 to its Pixel and some select phones from other manufacturers. Following this, it is now rolling out Android 11 (Go Edition), the latest iteration to Android’s stripped-down version for smartphones with a low amount of RAM.
The new update brings a few new features for entry-level Android phones, in addition to adopting a couple of features from full-fledged Android 11 OS.
Google claims the new Android 11 (Go Edition) launch apps 20 percent faster than Android 10 (Go Edition). This allows you to switch between the apps easily without any issues. The new iteration also shows all your conversations in a dedicated space in the notification section so that you can manage your conversations with friends and family all in one place.
There are enhancements around privacy as well to let you have control over how and when your data is shared. Android 11 Go Edition introduces one-time permissions for entry-level phones.
You can grant an app access to specific sensors like microphone, camera, or location. The new update also brings a new “auto-reset” setting so to reset the app permissions automatically if you haven’t used an app for an extended period of time, other features introduced in the wider release of Android 11 for other phones.
Gesture-based navigation comes to entry-level phones running Android 11 Go Edition. While announcing this feature Google points out that more and more people now like to use larger screens and gesture-navigation comes as very handy here as one can navigate and switch between apps using simple swipes.
Google also announced that starting next month Android (Go Edition) will be available on all devices with up to 2GB of memory. Google states that its partners are packing more memory-intensive features like dual cameras and fingerprint scanners on more affordable phones and these additions require improvement in performance as well. So, this is why Google is bringing its toned-down version of Android OS to phones with 2GB RAM as well.
Note that previously it was limited to devices with 1.5GB RAM or less. Google further points out that with expansion to 2GB, there will be an additional free memory and users will be able to run three to our apps in the background. “Android (Go edition) on 2GB devices also comes with up to 900MB of additional free storage space—enough to take up to 300 more selfies and download an entire movie.”