Google I/O 2017: Android Go New Version Android
At Google‘s I/O annual developer conference, the company announced a new initiative to continue and extend these efforts, “Android Go” will be a part of Android O, and it will also include optimized versions of apps and the Google Play Store to reduce resource and data usage.
Sameer Samat, Vice President, Android, and Play took to the stage to talk about Android’s reach across countries and across the smartphones of all kinds. In order to bring Android to everyone, the company announced a stripped down software, called Android Go, for entry-level Android devices with 1GB or less of memory.
Android Go will be focused on building a version of Android for phones with less memory, with the System UI and kernel able to run with as little as 512MB of memory. Apps will be optimized for low bandwidth and memory, with a version of Play Store designed for those markets that will highlight these apps. Google is also launching a new program called “Building for Billions” to help developers create these new optimized apps.
Google is also designing apps like YouTube Go, Chrome and Gboard to use less memory and are easy to mobile data. The company is making optimizations to the system UI and the kernel to allow an Android O device built with the Go configuration to run smoothly on as low as 512MB to 1GB of memory.
Android Go will be made available in 2018.