Google’s new budget-friendly Android Go helps keep the costs down

Phones with little RAM are still in Google's hearts with the latest spin on Android

With so much going on at Google I/O, bits of news can go under the radar. We’ve sieved out a big one, especially if you have a budget Android device.

Not everyone needs a power device like the Galaxy S8 or OnePlus 3T with its whopping 6GB of RAM. Some users prefer it simple, only utilising phones for its most basic functions to get through the day. As technology tries to better itself each day, these groups are often victimised, having to pay great prices for features they won’t use. If this is you, Google has something just for you. 

1GB OF RAM? Android Go is for you

Google has just announced Android Go, a lightweight version of the upcoming Android O (what it stands for is still anyone’s guess). It’s designed to run on smartphones that have less than 1GB of RAM, or even 512MB, a real needle in a haystack nowadays. This will optimise the performance to better suit capabilities of lower-end hardware, so they should perform with better speeds and efficiency.

While Google has attempted something similar with Android One, which never really took off, Google has some new improvements to benefit the market. The modification doesn’t end with the OS itself, but also the Google Play Store, which will include “Go” versions of Google apps.

YouTube Go was presented during the I/O, offering easier selection of video quality to best suit the user. Its biggest update has to be allowing users to download videos to watch offline when in the presence of Wi-Fi. This is only available as a paid feature for YouTube Red subscribers, but will be available for free for Android Go users. Google hasn’t revealed much about other applications getting the “Go” treatment, but this holds great promise. 

Keep your data in check

Of course, budget phones can still be burdened with heavy data charges thanks to data-burning apps. Google’s got this all thought out with data management being a big part of Android Go. Data consumption and notifications will be displayed more prominently than the usual Android OS, and its settings easily assessable for proactive prompting and better control. In a way, Android Go isn’t exactly a stripped down version of the usual OS, but think of it as one with its settings turned off and rearranged to better suit a low RAM device.

There are plenty of questions about Google’s Android Go – we still don’t know which countries will be receiving the “Go” treatment, which devices will feature it, and when exactly in 2018. We also don’t know if there will be budget Google devices released in line with this new OS they are spearheading, although we’re pretty sure a budget-friendly Pixel like (a much, much cheaper) iPhone SE will be a welcome edition. Will it take off locally? Chances are, users will find plenty of avenues where a cost-friendly OS like this can make businesses and lives more efficient, but only time will tell.

[Source: Android Authority]