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What is Android Go And Why You Should Care?

Android Go is a configuration of Android optimized for smartphones with 1GB of RAM memory or less.Earlier this year Google launched Android 8.1 (Go Edition) in Nigeria and 29 other African countries.

Android Go

Android Go

Bringing the power of computing to more people is Google’s aim as they launched of Android Go Versions this year.

What is Android?

Android is own by Google and it is just and after 10 years plus of service it remains the most used mobile operating system in the world.

Android is based on a modified version of the Linux kernel and other open source software and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Over the years the operating system has since gone through multiple major releases, with the current version being 8.1 “Oreo”, released in December 2017. Google have announced that it Latest mobile operating  system, Android 9.0 Pie will roll out soon.

Your phone runs on Android because Google licenses the core Android source code to smartphone manufacturers.  That is simply how we end up with different smartphones from different manufacturers running Android.

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What Android Go Brings to the Table?

First off, Android Go is the same version of Android that you would get on any other smartphone running Android as it OS. However, Android Go has been tweaked a little, it is like Android on diet. Most people always refer to Android Go as a different version of Android but that is not the case, don’t join them.

Android Go is a optimized version of Android that is meant to run on entry level devices. These are mostly Smartphones with between 512MB and 1GB of RAM.

Smartphones within this range of RAMs tend to slow down when they are being used. Google listened to complains and took action, now you and I have Android Go edition.

When Google first introduced Android Go, the company said that its main aim was to bring more affordable devices to emerging markets. These are the markets where a good number of the population are still using feature phones.

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Why You Should Care?

Android Go

In Africa and Nigeria in particular, Transsion, Nokia, Huawei, and Mobicel have launched various devices, starting at just over 17,000 Naira.  Google, through Android Go are enabling entry-level devices to be affordable. The devices are fully functioning smartphones that can browse the web and use apps.

Google now enhanced their  pre-installed Google apps to take up 50 percent less space. With  that they have succeeded in  doubling the amount of available storage on entry-lvel devices. You will agree with me that this is important for an entry level devices. This phone have low storage space, as low as 8GB. Since the OS takes very little space, you have more space to install your favorite apps and store what is valuable to you.

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All budget smartphones running on Android will be using Android Go. Android Go will also enable frequent web user to save data. Most phone user in Nigeria and the other 29 countries that Google Launched Go use mobile data to browse the web predominantly.  Android Go comes with data-saving tools that ensure users in emerging markets save on data costs. On Android Go, Google has enabled “data saver” by default to help users keep their data usage in check. If you are data conscious, this feature is very much needed.

You Can Installed Android Go Apps

Android Go

Android Go Apps

It is not a must to get an Android go powered phone to enjoy it benefits. You can download Android Go Apps.

Android Go Applications are  lighter versions of its popular apps such as Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube etc. Google have taken steps to ensure you don’t miss out on their popular apps. In Google play store you can get Android Go Apps, like Gmail Go, Google Maps Go, YouTube Go, Google Assistant Go, Files Go etc.

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These app are  designed to work with low-end hardware and they take less space, unlike the one you will find on an Android Go smartphone.

With Android Go Apps, you do get the basic functionality of the app but may miss some of the features of the full-fledged app. Animations are also excluded in Android go App,  what you do get the basic things. The sacrifice is worth it if you smartphone is not powerful and to are on budget. Better than missing out entirely.

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