When they use the term low-end phones, Google refers to phones which has 1GB of RAM or less for which they have released the new Android Oreo Go operating system.
For Android users, the idea behind creating a lighter version of the operating system might sound very familiar because there are so many popular apps which are trimmed down so that they would consume less data and work seamless on low-end phones that doesn’t have flagship hardware components in them.
Simply known as Android Go, the newest operating system from Google will work on phones with 512MB or 1GB of RAM. The developers had to tweak the OS in many ways because almost all flagship and mid-range phones have more than 3GB of RAM while the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has a massive 6GB of RAM with enough headroom for the files to run.
Commanding Google Apps to Run with Limited Resources
One of the important key points that make Android Go work is that the development team has tweaked the software to trigger all major Google apps with a Go version to run using limited resources, without hogging the phone down. Popular apps like Gmail, Youtube, Google Maps and Google Assistant are already optimized to run on low-end hardware.
They use lesser bandwidth, are smaller in size and doesn’t demand too much of a storage space. Yet, users will be able to enjoy the best of Google maps, search and Youtube. According to the company, phones which come with less than satisfactory hardware will always have low memory.
If the operating system takes a major share along with a bunch of essential apps, it hinders user experience which is what the new Go Oreo edition aims to get rid of and bring the Android experience to majority of users in other countries where flagship phones are of exorbitant rates while budget models are the most preferred choice.
Apps Take Up Less Space But May Load Slower
Apps will take up less space on low end smartphones but at the same time the optimized versions may take longer to load and will not provide the full experience but for users with phones that run on 1GB of RAM, it is not a big deal.
Compared to Android One smartphones, the new Android Go devices will allow Google to partner with manufacturers like Asus, Motorola, Samsung to release devices with constant updates to keep them updated and seamless to use. Such control is similar to how Nexus devices used to be.