Google announces Android Oreo (Go Edition) for entry-level smartphones

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This effort has also been accompanied by the development of apps like YouTube Go and Android Go. After the release, OEMs can start producing the low-end phones powered by Android Oreo Go. The app has been custom built for Go edition devices. The objective is to reach out to a larger user base and share the recent Android experience even with those who use entry-level devices.

Android Go was first showed off by Google at this year's Google I/O developer conference. So while the standard smartphone functions should remain intact, the more flamboyant features like support for AR, VR and such shouldn't be expected on the Android Go. "That's why we're excited to introduce Files Go, an app that takes a mobile-first approach to freeing up space, finding files faster and easily sharing them with others". Google says that the Android Oreo Go edition will offer benefits like 30 percent faster startup time and storage space optimisation by up to 2X.

At its Google For India 2017 event in New Delhi, Mountain View based search giant Google has made quite a few announcements for the Indian market, like Two-Wheeler Mode in Google Maps and Google Assistant for JioPhone.

Google noted that Android has grown to more than 2 billion active devices around the world, with more users in India than the US. The new customized Go app is said to consume 40 percent less data.




The CNET.com website, specialized in technology topics, reported that Datally's features are nothing new, as they can be found among the capabilities in Android settings, but putting them into one app makes it easier for people to find and use them. Google Go is available as a preview starting today on the Google Play Store in India.

Share files offline. Users can transfer files directly from their phone to a nearby phone through Files Go. First, typing on a small device can be slow and cumbersome, and people may not know what to look for online, so Google Go's tap-first user interface helps users express themselves, explore new ideas, find things to share and guide them around the web. In tests over the last month, the average user saved 1GB of space. The company also launched a Google Play Store that highlights apps designed for cheaper devices.

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.

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