Earlier this year during Google I/O, Google announced a new Android initiative in the form of Android Go. Similar to Google’s approach with Android One, Android Go is basically Android designed for lower-end handsets and is the software side of things, versus Android One which focuses on the hardware.
For those who are interested, it seems that with the release of the Android 8.1 Oreo update, Google has also released Android Oreo (Go Edition). According to Google, “As announced at Google I/O 2017, the “Android Go” project is our initiative to optimize the Android experience for billions of people coming online around the world. Starting with Android 8.1, we’re making Android a great platform for entry-level devices in the Android Oreo (Go edition) configuration.”
This version of Android, like we said, has been optimized for lower-end devices. This means that it will be better at memory optimization where it will ensure that apps can run more efficiently even on devices with as little as 1GB of RAM. It will also offer flexible targeting options, where developers can now create apps designed for lower-end handsets.
Google is also touting optimized Google apps, which means that all the apps that typically come with Android will now be better optimized to run on less powerful hardware. Google claims that these apps have been rebuilt.