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Android Go is not a successor to Android 8.0, but a stripped-down version of the Oreo. The lightweight version works with entry-level devices, like inexpensive phones and old tablets. It uses less processing power, small RAM and also little storage, which are common with low-end devices. It also comes with pre-installed lightweight apps and suits people with limited internet connectivity and expensive data plans.

What is Android Go Edition? A Lightweight Android Version?
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Android Go Based on Standard Version of Android

Actually, the first version of Go features the Android 8.1 platform, but comes with refinements that suit low-level devices. So it is not quite strange to users. Some of the tweaks done on it include data management features and also Google Play Protect which is a security feature.

Chipsets Available for the Go Version

The OS works with low and medium Snapdragon chipsets from Qualcomm. It also works with MT6739, MT6737 and MT6580 from MediaTek.

Apps Slimmed-Down for the Lightweight OS

As suggested above, the OS comes with pre-installed apps that take up less space and also use less data. It comes with a special section of a Play Store that contains the app. Some of the apps include Gmail Go, YouTube Go, Files Go and also Gboard Go.

Android Go Smartphones

As mentioned above, these smartphones are lowly priced, with prices around $50. Most of the phones have 1GB RAM or less, and the other features are limited. As it stands, there are six phones that run this OS, and include Nokia 1, Alcatel 1X, General Mobile GM 8 Go, Micromax Bharat Go, Lava Z50 and also ZTE Tempo Go.

In conclusion, new Android edition is for the people who can’t afford expensive smartphones. Google targets India, Africa and other developing countries with the OS and the phones. But according to my own experience, the new project suits even the well-off people and countries.

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