Google launches lighter Android Oreo (Go edition) for entry level devices

Android Go is Google's low-end version of its mobile operating system, primarily created for emerging markets with low-data speed.

Like the Files Go app, the Google Go app comes with devices that come pre-installed with Android Oreo (Go Edition), and, is meant for entry-level devices.

The Google Go app is a lightweight version of the Google search app, and, is optimized to work fast on entry-level devices and on spotty connections.

Android Go focuses on three aspects- optimising the latest release of Android to run smoothly on entry-level devices, a rebuilt set of Google apps that use less storage, data and memory and a customised app that contains Android Go optimised apps besides including all the usual apps. However, it said that the features would be the same ones as available for Android and iOS devices.

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Google launched the less hardware intensive Android Go for low-end devices though it remains if it becomes popular enough given the relative affordability of Android devices already. A clutch of data and storage-friendly free Go apps will also be available on the Google Play store to complement Android Go.

These basic devices often come very little storage space left once you account for the size of the OS and the preinstalled apps.

In its testing of Files Go, Google found that the average user is saving 1GB of space in the first month. "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. In May, Android Go was announced as a project in the pipeline at the annual Google I/O conference in the US. 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.

The CNET.com website, specialized in technology topics, reported that Datally's features are nothing new, as they can be found among the capabilities in Android settings, but putting them into one app makes it easier for people to find and use them. Finally, the Google Play Store version on the OS will be adjusted.

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In a move to empower feature phone users in the country, Google on Tuesday announced to bring its Voice Assistant on Reliance JioPhone.

When it launched a year ago, the Google Assistant was an exclusive feature of Google Pixel devices.

Google touts the Assistant for JioPhone as a special version designed for the JioPhone, and of course, it's built for India.

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