The Android Go version is an Android version launched by Google to specific markets. The main highlight of this version is that the system is relatively streamlined and therefore has low hardware requirements.
Therefore, this version is more popular in Africa where smartphones and networks are not very developed, and manufacturers can launch devices with lower hardware configurations.
Today Google announced that there are currently 200 million users worldwide using Android Go, and the Android Go version launched in 2022 will bring more important improvements.
Including the application startup speed is 30% higher than the previous version and the animation is smoother, while the sleep function can reduce power consumption and perform storage space cleaning.
- Apps on your Android 12 (Go edition) device will launch up to 30% faster and with smoother animation — meaning they’ll open instantly, with no more waiting on a blank screen.
- Android 12 (Go edition) will automatically save battery life and storage by hibernating apps that haven’t been used for extended periods of time — which is particularly helpful for devices with limited storage capacity.
- Android 12 (Go edition) also makes understanding your content easier. By navigating to your recent apps screen, you’ll see options to listen to the news and translate any on-screen content into your preferred language.
- With Android 12 (Go edition), you’ll be able to save data by sharing apps directly with nearby devices using Nearby Share and Google Play.
- Google has simplified the guest user experience on Android 12 (Go edition) by making profiles available directly on the lock screen. You’ll be able to easily switch to a guest profile before sharing your device and reset it once they’re done.
- Android 12 (Go edition) will give you more transparency around apps that are accessing your data, and more controls to decide how much private information your apps can access.
- Android 12 comes with a new privacy dashboard. You’ll see a snapshot of which apps are accessing particular types of sensitive data, like the microphone, and revoke permissions if needed. And the new privacy indicator on your status bar will tell you when your apps are specifically accessing your microphone or camera.
- With new approximate location permissions, you can limit apps to see only your approximate location instead of a precise one. For example, limiting your weather app to your approximate location will still give you an accurate forecast.
The Android 12 Go system based on the Android 12 version will be launched in 2022, and there will be new versions of Android devices for consumers to choose from.
As for whether the existing equipment can be upgraded is a problem, Google did not mention that this aspect of content estimation still has to rely on the OEM manufacturer to decide whether to push a new version.
Of course, considering that the system is mainly equipped with low-cost equipment with lower configuration, the probability that this equipment can continue to be upgraded is extremely low and generally will not be updated. However, some responsible OEM manufacturers will provide security updates on a regular basis.