Although high-tech and high-end smartphones are popular ones but the entry level gadgets have their own importance in emerging markets. The manufacturers normally don’t consider these devices when updating to the latest version of Android OS.

But Google, the sole owner of Android has taken an initiative to roll out its lightweight Android Oreo Go Edition for entry level smartphones. The newly launched OS will be compatible with devices having 512MB to 1GB of RAM.

Android Oreo Go Edition

The new Android Oreo (Go edition) would be made available as part of the Android 8.1 update that would be released today. Google shares some details of the new Oreo version of Android, revealing that it is comprised of three aspects; the operating system, Google apps and the Play Store. All three aspects have been optimized to run with fluidity on smartphones with low RAM sizes.

The pre-installed nine apps in Android Go devices will include Google Go, Google Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, Gboard, Google Play, Chrome and the new Files Go app along with the built-in Google Play Protect. Android Go devices will load apps 15% faster than normal Oreo build.

For those Android Go devices having 8GB of internal storage, Google is assuring that customers must have enough storage for their own content by giving fewer pre-installed apps. The tech giant is claiming that Android Go devices will offer 2x the amount of available storage on devices with 8GB of internal memory when compared to a regular build of Oreo.

In addition, there won’t be a problem of monthly data getting exhausted rapidly by the background apps because Google’s data saver is turned on by default. However, users still get access to all the regular apps on the Play Store.


The Android Oreo Go edition is currently available for developers whereas the public release is expected in a couple of months. Android Go is specifically designed to capture the entry-level market segment in Asian countries like Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh. The growing number of online population in these areas makes it important to target hundreds of millions of new customers.

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