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Google plans big for entry level Android phones with Oreo Go

Google plans big for entry level Android phones with Oreo Go

The Android Go edition of the mobile operating system will be the default OS for entry-level phones, which Google identifies as those that have between 512 MB and 1 GB RAM. Google on Tuesday formally launched the free Files Go app, which in addition to having the usual functions of space and file management apps, also culls out all "good morning" messages on an Android device, so that a user can delete them en masse. Now, the latest version of this Android has been shipped by Google in the form of "Android Oreo (Go Edition)".

And don't worry: The Go Edition sports numerous signature features of its parent, Android Oreo, including Google Play Protect, which scans app downloads for malware. Android Go is basically a special configuration of Android 8.1 Oreo meant for low-end devices with 1GB RAM or less. Google said devices running on Android Oreo Go will be on the shelves "in the coming months". As entry level devices usually have little storage space, Google said it optimised the OS and enhanced its preinstalled Google apps to take up 50 percent less space, resulting in a doubling of available storage on entry-level devices. Yes, Google is making it happen. "We're not just adapting our products for India, we're building for India first", says Caesar Sengupta, who heads the Next Billion Users division at Google. Google Go comes with three features.

There are now more Android users in India than there are in the US, according to Google, and the company has its sights set on the "billions more" who don't yet have access. Google Go is available as a preview starting today on the Google Play Store in India. First, typing on a small device can be slow and cumbersome, and people may not know what to look for online, so Google Go's tap-first user interface helps users express themselves, explore new ideas, find things to share and guide them around the web.

Google's Play Store will also include a new section aimed at apps for entry-level devices, although these devices should also be able to download any app, assuming that there's room for it. However, that is not all that Google announced.

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