Android 11 (Go Edition) was announced by Google just a few days after the regular Android 11 version was released. The new update, which is essentially a watered down version of the latest version of Android, is intended for devices with up to 2GB of RAM. This differs from the previous Android (Go Edition) updates that were provided for devices with up to 1.5 GB of RAM. With regard to the increase in performance, Android 11 (Go Edition) is touted to enable apps to start up 20 percent faster than Android 10 (Go Edition).
Features for Android 11 (Go Edition)
Google said in a blog post that Android 11 (Go Edition) makes it easier for users to switch between apps by launching the app faster. The new Android version (Go Edition) also has its own area in the notification area for all messages, known as conversations. This is also part of the regular Android 1
Android 11 (Go Edition) also offers one-time permissions with which you can grant an app access to certain sensors such as your microphone, your camera or your location. There’s also an automatic permissions support reset feature – to reset permissions for an app that you haven’t used for a long time. Both one-time permissions and automatic reset are also available in the standard version of Android 11.
Google has also added gesture-based navigation support to Android 11 (Go Edition) to make it easier for users to work with smartphones with large displays. You can switch to the home screen, navigate backwards, and switch between apps with simple swipes – another feature that’s been available to regular users since the release of Android 10 last September.
Android 11 (Go Edition) extended memory requirements
Unlike Android 10 (Go Edition) and its earlier iterations, which were all designed for devices with up to 1.5 GB of RAM, Android 11 (Go Edition) has expanded the storage footprint up to 2 GB.
According to Google, the expansion to 2 GB RAM brings an additional 270 MB free memory. With this extra free space, you can run three to four more apps in the background. According to Google, Android (Go Edition) offers up to 900 MB of additional free storage space, especially on 2 GB devices.
“As more of these memory-intensive features become available for entry-level smartphones, our partners asked us to improve the performance of these devices, especially in terms of speed, memory, and storage. Starting next month, Android (Go Edition) will be available on all new devices with up to 2 GB of RAM, ”said Sagar Kamdar, Vice President Product Management, Android, in the blog post.
Google told The Verge that Android 11 (Go Edition) would only be available for new phones with 2GB of RAM, and not as an update to the existing models that also have that much memory. Google stated that it is up to manufacturers to decide whether to start their phones with Android 11 (Go Edition) or Android 10 (Go Edition).
However, Google hasn’t made it clear whether it will be mandatory for smartphone vendors to offer Android 11 (Go Edition) on devices with 2GB of RAM instead of the regular Android version, as phones like Nokia C3 recently debuted with the full-fledged operating system. Gadgets 360 asked Google for clarity on this.
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