Android Oreo: The Go Edition

Android was created with a single mission; to offer computing power to everyone. But over the last few years, that has not been realized because the Android ecosystem is so extensive and has different devices with different manufacturers – this factor eliminates the singularity observed in Apple. Other manufacturers produce powerful devices while others produce low-end device but the Operating system is the same or with some adjustments. In most cases, low-end phones always suffer from constraints caused by the underlying hardware while users what to exploit their computing power fully. To avoid this problem, Google came up with Android Go.

Android Go is a platform that makes sure everyone has access to the same computing power to some extent without much constraints, especially low-level devices. This project was announced at Google I/O last year. Android Go was launched late last year in December to devices running Android Oreo with a 1GB memory coupled with 512MB RAM.

Below are Key Go optimizations Android Go offers to the devices;

More Storage

Low budget devices have a little storage capacity which you can barely store your photos, music and other apps given that system already takes a considerable chunk off it. But on Android Go, the system and preinstalled apps take 50% less space than the standard system. This way, there double the amount of storage left for other data such as music. App updates have also been designed to be light.

“More Space on Android Go” Source: Google

Better Performance

The last thing an entry device with a lesser RAM and a medium CPU wants is overloading. Android Go is optimized to be light, speedy and offer reliability. Compared to the other system, apps on Android Go are 15% faster. Apps are also optimized by default, and they are called the Go Apps. These apps take less space and also impact less on the CPU hence an improved performance

Data Saving

Devices with Android Go have an inbuilt data manager and other options that help you to control how you use your data; Android Go ensures you enjoy your data. Other options include;

Data Saver. Android Go has a data saver that’s turned on by default to help in saving data instantly. The data saver also helps you manage apps regarding data usage.

Peer-to-Peer Sharing. This feature helps one to share content such as videos without impacting on your data

Chrome. The browser is also equipped with its data saver which is also on by default. Coupling this with the Data saver, you may end up saving up to 60 percent of data.


Google has ensured devices with Android GO feature the same protection offered in other high-end devices. It comes with an inbuilt security feature the Google Play Protect that continuously scans your data and apps to keep your device secure. It also works when you are offline, apps from other stores are also scanned. Android Go devices also come with an in-built Find My Device feature. This is useful in the event when your phone gets lost or when you misplaced it somewhere. It offers tracking services, and if it’s unrecoverable, you can erase your data remotely.

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