Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th May 2017 21:31 UTC

During I/O, Google also announced Android Go, a version of the mobile operating system optimised for lower-end devices. From Google's announcement:

  • OS: We're optimizing Android O to run smoothly and efficiently on entry-level devices.
  • Apps: We're also designing Google apps to use less memory, storage space, and mobile data, including apps such as YouTube Go, Chrome, and Gboard.
  • Play: On entry-level devices, Play store will promote a better user experience by highlighting apps that are specifically designed for these devices -- such as apps that use less memory, storage space, and mobile data -- while still giving users access to the entire app catalog.

If a device has less than 1 GB of RAM, it will automatically use the Android Go version of Android. In addition, Google has set up a set of guidelines applications must adhere to in order to qualify for the special highlighting mentioned above.

The first question that popped into my mind was - why isn't every device getting this supposedly faster, and more lightweight version of Android? Will we be able to 'force' our devices to use Android Go, even if they don't officially qualify? The second question is - why would a developer go the lengths of creating additional versions of their application, instead of what they ought to do, which is slim down their existing application?

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Its all about security
by robertojdohnert on Fri 19th May 2017 15:39 UTC
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Android Go is basically their answer for the security issues of phones running Android 4.0. There are still a bunch. But this highlights the issues with Apps. I remember back in the day (before kids started messing with my lawn and my phone battery died while I was walking to school uphill both ways) when mobile apps were 1 to 2 mb and you were hard pressed to find one that was 5 mb. Now they are almost as heavy as desktop apps. I dont use Facebook Mobile or the messenger app because its over 150 mb's to download and even on my Nexus it eats RAM like its at a chinese buffet. BUT, according to my contacts at Google when I asked. Android Go will be available for ALL phones with 1 gb of RAM or less and that ran Android 4.0. So if your phone meets that criteria you will be getting Android Go. Phones with less that Android 4.0? I doubt it because those phones had severe storage limitations and hardware glitches and issues. How will they deliver it? Probably through the play store.

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