Google Launches Android Oreo (Go Edition) For Low-End Smartphones

07 December, 2017, 01:48 | Author: Alicia Barber
  • Google's new lightweight Android: Oreo Go is out now, so who's it aimed at?

"For example, Data Saver in Chrome saves the average user more than 600MB of data per year", Google said.

Essentially a pared-down version of Android, Android Go focuses on a few specific areas that allows it to run smoothly on low-powered, entry-level smartphones. As you use the app more, it'll fine-tune its suggestions, Google says.

"The new lighter operating system, if it works well, will likely attract first-time smartphone buyers to devices retailing in the $30 to $75 range", said Shobhit Srivastava, an analyst at technology researcher Counterpoint, adding that it would also give Google the opportunity to cross-sell other services like its local payments application Tez that launched in September. Android 8.1 includes a neural network toolkit that lets apps run TensorFlow Lite and other AI frameworks on-device, instead of leaning on a distant server.

The company also announced a new set of pre-installed Google apps, including Google Go (a new lighter app from Google Search) and Google Assistant for Android Oreo (Go edition). The system will also include a new set of Google apps, created to be lighter and relevant to the needs of people coming online for the first time. Google Go is easy-to-use and works fast even on entry-level devices and spotty connections, making discovering, sharing and finding content easy and more reliable.

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But Android users who own a Pixel or Nexus device are probably a lot more interested in the final Android 8.1 release that should be available on your device in the coming days. Google Go is available as a preview starting today on the Google Play Store in India.

"We've been testing Files Go for a month, and the average user is saving 1GB of space", company vice president Caesar Sengupta wrote in a Tuesday blog post. The company also launched a Google Play Store that highlights apps designed for cheaper devices. This special version of the Google Assistant in both English and Hindi will appear on the new Reliance JioPhones. This could be a lifesaver for users of entry-level smartphones, many of which use prepaid SIM cards.

Since its launch, Hotstar, the first Indian app to cross 100 million downloads on the Google Play Store, has racked up multiple industry accolades such as Apple TV's App of the Year and has been featured on every list of India's most downloaded apps.

Reiterating Google's mission to improve digital literacy amongst women in rural India, Sapna Chadha, Marketing Head, SEA & India, Google today announced the extension of the Internet Saathi program, to support the Foundation For Rural Entrepreneurship Development (FREND) set up by Tata Trusts. With the new software, Google is also aiming at increasing internet adoption in the country.



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