Hot on the heels of its Android 11 release this week, the Go Edition of Google’s platform is being released. Google indicates it will be available starting in October.
Android 11 Go Edition, like its predecessors, is built for phones with limited hardware. Often released in emerging markets, the handsets are occasionally offered at prepaid and no-contract carriers.
Many of the features baked into Android 11 are present in this slimmed-down version of the platform. This includes, but isn’t limited to enhanced security and privacy, more intuitive messaging and notifications, and gesture navigation.
Whereas earlier versions of Android Go Edition were targeted at devices with 1GB RAM, this release is geared for those with 2GB RAM. As to why, some of that is to accommodate hardware features like fingerprint readers and additional cameras.
According to Google, apps will launch 20% faster through Android 11 Go Edition. Google has managed to streamline the operating system, giving users an additional 270MB of memory to work with and allow for better multi-tasking.