This week, Google launched Android 11. Now the Android 11 Go operating system for low-cost, low-power phones has also been introduced. And it sure got some upgrades this year.
What is Android Go?
Android Go was first released on Android Pie in 2018. It’s basically an optimized version of Android for entry-level smartphones. It also enables Go versions of apps so that they can run more efficiently on low-power devices.
Twitter, Uber, Google Maps and Spotify all have versions optimized for Go.
What to Expect from Android 11 Go
Android 11 Go includes some handy upgrades. When it comes to speed, according to Google Apps, Android 11 boots 20 percent faster than Android 10.
This means that even in the two years since it was first introduced, it has gotten exponentially faster. Last year, the speed was increased by 10 percent compared to the Android Pie Edition.
Android 11 Go will also increase compatibility. It is now supposed to work on devices with 2GB of RAM or less. Earlier versions of Go were designed for phones with 1.5 GB of RAM or less.
“With the expansion to 2GB, apps launch up to 20 percent faster, and with an additional 270MB of free space, users can now run three to four more apps in the background. Android (Go Edition) on 2GB devices also offers up to 900MB of additional free space – enough to take up to 300 more selfies and download an entire movie. “
Other new functions
There are a few more new additions to Android 11 Go. These include:
- Grouped notifications for messaging apps so that all conversations take place in one place. For example, you can view chats on Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp in a notification area.
- One-time authorizations for apps that want access to your location, camera or microphone.
- Automatic reset for permissions on apps that you haven’t used in a while.
- Gesture-based navigation to switch between the home screen and different apps.
- Secure folder in File By Google, with which a folder can be encrypted and protected with a four-digit code.