Meet Android 10 Go, a faster OS for budget smartphonesLast updated on Sep 27, 2019, 02:43 pm
Back in 2017, Google had introduced a lighter avatar of Android as part of an effort to make low-end smartphones seamless.
The platform, dubbed Android Go, was designed to work smoothly on phones hosting less than 1.5GB RAM and entry-level processors.
Now, in a major development, the tech giant is making the 'Go' experience even better with a faster version based on Android 10.
Android 10 Go will launch apps faster
While Android Go on entry-level phones has always been faster than the standard version, the release of Android 10 (Go Edition) would ensure even better app management and snappier performance.
Google says that the platform will manage memory efficiently, thereby launching apps 10% faster than before and ensuring more seamless app switching than what you used to witness on Pie-based Android Go.
Also, it is more secure
Along with speed, Google is also bolstering the security side of Android Go.
The platform now comes with Adiantum, a new data encryption standard that is said to be five times faster at securing phones than the typical AES encryption.
It works without requiring specialized hardware or affecting the performance of low-end phones, which has been flagged as a major problem of typical encryption.
More optimized apps coming on board
Google has also emphasized on increasing app support for Android 10 Go.
The company says that the apps designed for Go Edition phones, including YouTube Go, Gallery Go, and Photos Go, have been optimized to run better and offer more features than before.
To note, companies like Twitter, Facebook, Spotify, and Uber have already optimized their apps for Go devices.
1,600 Android Go devices active
With the new capabilities, Google plans to expand Android Go in the entry-level smartphone market.
The company says that some 500 phone manufacturers have already released around 1,600 Android Go-powered devices over the last 18 months.
This, it emphasizes, makes up around 80% of new entry-level phones released in different parts of the world.