Google announces Android 11 Go, for entry-level devices
Company promises that with the new OS devices will have more free memory and will open apps up to “20% faster”
A few days after announcing the release of Android 11, Google presented a lean version Android 11 Go for low-memory smartphones. According to the company, devices equipped with the new system will be able to open apps faster, have smoother navigation and more free space in internal memory.
Previously, only devices with 1.5 GB of RAM or less qualified to receive Android Go. In the new version this limit has been increased to 2 GB. This results in about 270 MB of extra free RAM for the apps, which according to Google is enough to keep an extra “three or four” active apps in the background, compared to the previous version.
Phones equipped with Android Go 11 will also open apps “20 percent faster” and models with 2 GB of RAM will have about 900 MB more free space in internal memory, which according to Google is enough to store additional “300 selfies” or download a movie.
Despite continuing to be a segment that does not have much prominence, thanks to the humble specifications of its smartphones, entry-level smartphones are important for the market. It is also important in this market segment to ensure the safety of users, and Google has kept that in mind. In the new Android Go, the security features are very similar to the original version.
The system also brings usability improvements, such as gesture navigation support and a central location that stores notifications from all messaging apps, which According to Google makes it easier to read and reply to messages from your friends and relatives, no matter which messaging app they use.
Just like on the standard Android 11,there are also privacy improvements, such as more granular control of permissions for apps. With this it is possible to authorize an app to access the camera, microphone or GPS, among other features, only once. Permissions can also expire after a long period of time without using the app.
It is also important in this market segment to ensure the safety of users, and Google has kept that in mind. In the new Android Go, the security features are very similar to the original version, being possible to control in a simple and practical way all permissions of each application.
It is not yet clear when the first devices with Android 11 Go will hit the market, or what will be the policy of updating for devices with previous versions that are already on the market.