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The first Android Go phones will bring affordable Oreo to MWC

The first Android Go phones will bring affordable Oreo to MWC

The first Android Oreo (Go edition) phones will be revealed next week, Google has said, as it pushes its pared-back vision of Android for super-affordable handsets. Designed to drive pricing under the $50 mark in order to make smartphones more attainable in developing markets, Android Oreo (Go edition) - otherwise known as Android Go - strips out some of the platform's bloat in order to preserve usability on lower-spec hardware.

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Gmail Go is the lightweight Android email app you can’t have

Gmail Go is the lightweight Android email app you can’t have

Google has released Gmail Go, a new app for Android that promises more lightweight access to your email. Sitting alongside, rather than outright replacing the default Gmail app available for Android, iOS, and other devices, Gmail Go is the latest in the search giant's line-up of pared-back "Go" edition software.

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Google Assistant GO app released for (nearly) all Android phones

Google Assistant GO app released for (nearly) all Android phones

The smallest app version of the Google Assistant was just released to the Google Play app store. This version of the app takes the full Google Assistant and rounds off the corners, making it as simple and as mindless as possible to gain access to Google's machine. Users will be able to roll with this version of Google Assistant on almost any Android device, anywhere, no matter the age - for the most part.

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Gboard Go for low-power Android 8.1 phones out now [APK Download]

Gboard Go for low-power Android 8.1 phones out now [APK Download]

It was less than two months ago that Google rolled out Android 8.1 and, with it, Android Go, the super lightweight configuration-not-version of Android for extremely constrained phones. Along with Android Go came a set of “Go” apps designed specifically to consume less data and less RAM. One app, however, was late to the party and is sneaking in quietly. Gboard Go is now available for compatible smartphones, bringing the same keyboard goodness Android users love but without the whimsical cruft.

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Android in 2017: the highs and the lows

Android in 2017: the highs and the lows

Another 365 (and one-fourth) days have passed. Naysayers have again been proven wrong. Android is still going strong and the open source operating system is going places no other OS has or can. But it hasn't been smooth sailing for Android in general or for Google and its OEM partners. But then again, every year has always had its ups and downs. Here are some of the highs and lows in Android land in 2017 that could hopefully serve as both inspiration and hard lessons learned for 2018 and beyond.

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Nokia 1 might be an Android Go phone

Nokia 1 might be an Android Go phone

Ever wondered what happened to the Nokia 1? There's a Nokia 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, and, soon, 9, but no 1 (yes, they intentionally skipped 4). It turns out, there will still be a Nokia 1 but, apparently, HMD Global was reserving it for a very special purpose. Word from old-time Nokia leakster Eldar Murtazin claims that the Nokia 1 will be a super low-end, budget smartphone that will be part of the new Android Go program. And no, not the Android One program, which would have probably been a better marketing strategy.

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Google Maps Go is now a go for Android Go

Google Maps Go is now a go for Android Go

Google has just recently launched Android Go, the “half-version” of Android meant for phones with even more constrained hardware. But a “lite” Android is just half the equation and you’ll need lite apps to go with it. That was true for Search Go (formerly Search Lite) and Files Go, but there are still a lot of Google apps that need to go on a diet. The newest to join that group is Maps Go, now available on Play Store but not available for anyone. That is, unless you know its secret.

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Google Files Go brings lightweight file management to Android

Google Files Go brings lightweight file management to Android

With today's launch of Android Oreo (Go Edition) comes a bunch of new apps that have been optimized to run on entry-level devices. Many of Google's apps are getting the Go treatment, including Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, Maps, and even Google Assistant. However, along with that bunch of apps everyone is already familiar with, Google is launching a new app called Files Go.

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Android Oreo (Go Edition) officially launched for entry-level devices

Android Oreo (Go Edition) officially launched for entry-level devices

Back at Google I/O in May, Google revealed a new configuration of Android it called "Android Go." Essentially, Android Go was billed as a new version of Android that has been optimized to play nice with entry-level devices, which tend to have tiny amounts of RAM and storage. Today Google is officially launching Android Go, though with a new name: Android Oreo (Go Edition).

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Google Search Lite in limited testing in some markets [APK Download]

Google Search Lite in limited testing in some markets [APK Download]

One of Google’s key points at its I/O conference last May was making Android more accessible for emerging markets, especially those with phones with very constrained hardware. Part of that “Android Go” thrust is a suite of apps that are supposed to be smarter in making use of those limited resources while still offering the same core experience as their full-blown counterparts. Following the likes of YouTube Go, Google seems to be testing what is calling Search Lite. Don’t be surprised if you don’t see it yet, since it’s currently available, at least for now, in Indonesia.

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Android Go is just a config, not new version, of Android

Android Go is just a config, not new version, of Android

It's not that hard to compare the recently announced Android Go with the more or less dead Android One initiative and conclude that the former replaces the latter. After all, both target entry-level devices which are most likely going to litter emerging markets. Considering the Android Go presentation was direct to the point but short on the details, that conclusion is easier reached. But in a post-I/O interview with NDTV, Google VP of Product Management for Android and Google Play Sameer Samat makes it pretty clear. No, Android Go isn't replacing Android One, and, no, it isn't a distinct version of Android either.

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