24 December 2021
Google has announced Android 12 (Go edition) for entry-level smartphones around the world. It is an optimized version of Android 12 meant to deliver smooth and faster performance on devices with 2GB or less RAM. This is the fourth iteration of Android Go since its debut in 2017. Google says there are now more than 200 million smartphones running the lightweight Android version.
Android 12 (Go edition) is said to bring significant improvements to budget phones. It is claimed to be 30% faster than the previous generation in terms of app launches. Google says users will not be staring at the blank splash screen as they wait for the app to launch. This is because app launch time is now said to be almost instantly and even the launch animation will also feel smoother.
The new version will automatically hibernate apps that have not been used for "extended periods" of time with the goal of preserving battery life and saving storage space. The Files Go will app also allow users to recover deleted files within 30 days from the date of deletion.
Google has added a new Privacy Dashboard to help users get an idea of what apps are accessing what kind of data. It will primarily focus on showing data related to sensitive data access like microphone, camera, and location. It will also make it faster and convenient to revoke permissions when needed. There is also a privacy option to choose whether to share your accurate or approximate location with apps.
The Recent App screen interface has been updated to show quick settings to access translation and read-out-loud features. There is support for Nearby Share to help you quickly share apps and files with others. Lastly, users can quickly switch between user profiles directly from the lock screen. Google says we will see Android 12 (Go edition) devices launching next year.