Google is now ready to launch the successor to its Go edition platform. The Android Go Edition promises to deliver a smooth and optimized Android experience even on entry-level hardware. Performance has been the problem of Android running on cheap hardware, but Google is all serious to change that.
One of the first smartphones to utilize the Go edition Android is the Nokia 1. The device was launched in MWC 2018 in Barcelona earlier this year and hit stores in April. It actually has nothing new to offer. The design is straight from 2011, the display is VGA, it has a low-res camera, and the processor is definitely old. Yet, the handset attracts attention. The success of the Go edition smartphones has to lead to wider adaptation in several markets all around the world. From Nokia 1, there are now close to 200 smartphones worldwide that uses the lite Android OS.
Now, Google is improving its Go edition platform by updating it to the latest Android 9 Pie. The new OS will come with new features and improvements. For instance, the new Android 9 Pie (Go edition) will give users an extra 500MB more of free space. That means Go edition smartphones with 8GB of internal storage will now have 5.5GB available memory out-of-the-box. All that with all the Google apps installed. This is versus the 2.5GB for non-Go edition smartphones, and 5GB of the previous Android 8 Oreo (Go edition).
The new update will also improve the boot time on Go edition devices, with a verified boot for security. The new Go edition will also feature a dashboard for tracking and monitoring data consumption.
Other features noted by Google were:
- Google Go now offers the ability to read web pages aloud and highlights each word so you can follow along.
- YouTube Go makes it easier to enjoy videos while using less data with new features like gallery mode for downloaded content.
- Maps Go now features navigation, making it possible for people with Go edition devices or unstable connections to use turn-by-turn directions whether you’re traveling by car, by bus, or on foot.
- Files Go, which has saved users ~90TB of space since launch, is now capable of transferring data peer-to-peer, without using mobile data, at speeds up to ~490Mbips.
- Assistant Go now supports additional languages including Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Indonesian, and has expanded support for device actions like controlling Bluetooth, camera and flashlight, and added reminders.
- Android Messages App for Android (Go edition) is now ~50 percent smaller in size and the Phone App includes caller ID and spam detection.
The new Go edition will start rolling out to devices like the Nokia 1 this fall.