As part of today’s Google IO keynote address today, Google finally officially announced Android Go. It’s a new effort to launch budget-friendly Android smartphones for developing markets after failing with Android One Program.
However, it has not seen much success in terms of sales of new and cheap devices to targeted markets which Google has witnessed with Android One. The new Android Go platform looks like it has many of the same goals as the older Android One, but with hopefully some improvements that will allow Google to have a better shot at selling more smartphones.
As per Google, Android Go is basically be a lightweight version of Android O, but designed to run on smartphones that have 1 GB, or even 512 MB, of RAM. Henceforth, all Android smartphones which have 1 GB of RAM or less will automatically run Android Go OS. In addition to the operating system being modified to work on low memory devices, the apps that will be available from the Google Play Store will also be optimized to run on the low end hardware.
Perhaps the biggest feature for YouTube Go is that it will allow users to download videos for offline viewing later if they are near a Wi-Fi connection and then watch it later as per their convenience.
One example of such an app is YouTube Go. When running on an Android Go smartphone, the app will let users see preview frames of any video they want. The app also supports the selection of video quality of any clip before streaming begins which in turn saves on the bandwidth and user is aware of video before downloading or viewing it completely. Perhaps the biggest feature for YouTube Go is that it will allow users to download videos for offline viewing later if they are near a Wi-Fi connection. This feature is available already for paid YouTube Red subscribers, but it will be a free feature for the YouTube Go app and Android Go phones going down the line.