Android Oreo (Go Edition) Released For Low-powered Phones

Posted December 07, 2017

The company is also said to be working on Android Go, its operating system designed specifically for low-end Android devices with low memory and data usage.

At the third annual Google for India event, Google has announced Android Oreo (Go Edition).

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Devices running Android Oreo (Go edition) will also come with Google's data saver features turned on by default.

The Google Go app is just 5 MB in size and relies on tap-first UI which lets users navigate around by typing less and tapping more. Android Go is basically a special configuration of Android 8.1 Oreo meant for low-end devices with 1GB RAM or less. Phones running Android Oreo (Go edition) will hit shelves in the coming months. Fast forward to December 2017 and Android Oreo gets the Go treatment, ready for use by device manufacturers.

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Introducing the upcoming Bill Pay feature in Tez, Caesar Sengupta, Vice President, Next Billion Users shared that Google's India-first mobile payments app Tez, now at 12M users, will start offering a customized experience to pay bills from within the app. Tez will remind users when a bill is due, and users will never pay the same bill twice as the status will be automatically updated. Google Assistant, a Siri-like app that responds to voice commands on a phone, can now crack jokes with Bollywood references and even respond to commands in Indian languages.

There are now more Android users in India than there are in the US, according to Google, and the company has its sights set on the "billions more" who don't yet have access. The new Files Go app is created to help one quickly find files and get rid of any unwanted content. Yes, Google is making it happen. Finally, the Google Play Store version on the OS will be adjusted. There will also be an option of peer-to-peer sharing and the entry-level smartphones will also have the same key security features as Android Oreo. Google has partnered with Reliance to bundle a light version of Google Assistant on Jio feature phones.

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Google's Play Store will also include a new section aimed at apps for entry-level devices, although these devices should also be able to download any app, assuming that there's room for it. He added, " Whether in entry-level smartphones or JioPhones, the Google Assistant can help you call, text, play music and videos, and access other apps". She said, "In spite of the socio-economic challenges, thousands of Internet Saathis have gone on to do unbelievable things, once they learnt the Internet".