Android Oreo Go is now available to developers: Lightweight OS catering to low-end devices

After releasing Android 8.1 Oreo to select devices today, Google also unleashed the lightweight Android Oreo Go that is tailored for the lowest-end Android devices that boast the humblest specs. Aimed at devices with the minuscule amount of either 512 or 1GB of RAM and rather limited native storage, Android Oreo Go comes with lightweight version of some rather popular Google apps, like YouTube, Maps, Google Assistant, Gmail, and others. 

However, Android Oreo Go is only available to developers and manufacturers at this point - eligible end-users will have to wait for it to trickle down to their entry-level Droids or wait for new phones with Android Go preloaded to be launched.

These are not only smaller in size in comparison with their regular counterparts but most of them also allow users to exclusively download content over Wi-Fi for later viewing. That's the case with the YouTube Go app, for example, which is aimed at consumers that dwell in regions with spotty cellular connection. To further help with data savings, Google has also thrown in some default features that will prevent the overusage of data - for example, all web pages in Chrome will be run through a dedicated Google server that will reduce their size before they are delivered to the device. Aside from being smaller in size, said Google has also thrown many speed optimizations that will allow said apps to feel as snappy as their regular counterparts.

While a ton of similarities can be drawn between the Android One and the Android Go projects given that both are lightweight distributions aimed at entry-level devices, there's a significant difference between those two, and it's none other than Google's own app ecosystem - Android One is still delivering the full Android experience to compatible devices, whereas Android Go will introduces a few compromises that will still allow normal usage.

Anyway, we should hear more about Android Oreo Go in the coming months.

source: Google



1. hemedans

Posts: 762; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

i hope developers will release custom rom based on this.

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I wonder if The Nokia 2 will get this 'Go' Update or the 'regular' one?

3. bmold86

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 08, 2015

Sounds awesome, wanna put it on Xperia Ray and enjoy the latest of Android with good performance

7. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

Xperia Ray has 512mb ram. It is time to get rid of it.


Posts: 134; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

This project will be as unsuccessful as the original Android One project (since the current Android One remembers what the extinct Google Play Edition project was). I will still see many OEMs launching weak-set devices using the standard version of Android.

5. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

older phones should be able to do this like the galaxy nexus and moto atrix

6. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 456; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

This is a really good idea!

8. xperian

Posts: 421; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

What about keeping regular android lightweight?

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