Google’s Android Go for entry-level phones is getting faster and more secure

It’s easy to forget that Google actually offers two versions of Android for phones. There’s full Android, but there’s also lightweight Android Go for entry-level smartphones with limited hardware specs. Today Google launched the latest version called Android 10 (Go Edition).

Google first introduced Android Go in 2018 to support smartphones with no more than 1.5 GB of memory and limited storage. Since then, more than 500 manufacturers have launched more than 1,600 Android Go phones in 180 countries. Now, Google has updated the lightweight OS to make it faster and even lighter while improving security.

Android 10 (Go Edition) is more secure thanks to the inclusion of Adiantum encryption. Android relies on AES encryption, but that’s not suitable for low-end phones that don’t include hardware support. Google therefore developed Adiantum as an alternative form of encryption that allows data encryption without impacting performance.

Smartphones running this new version should feel noticeably faster than last year’s Go edition, as Google says apps will launch 10% faster. The redesigned official apps are also smaller (up to 50%) and there are fewer pre-installed apps, which means more out-of-the-box storage for your own content and the apps you want to install . Other companies are also signing up to support Go, Facebook, Spotify, Twitter and Uber handsets all offering lighter app experiences.

Limiting data usage is also a goal for the Go edition, not only because the included storage of entry-level smartphones is small, but also because exceeding data caps can be costly. That’s why Google included Data Saver to allow per-app data usage management, peer-to-peer sharing allowing file sharing without affecting your data allowance, and a Chrome browser with its own data saver. built-in data to reduce data usage by up to 60%. .

Google has created Android 10 (Go Edition) as part of its effort to bring the next billion users online. But in doing so, it appears to have created a mobile operating system that does just about anything a user would want, and quickly, on underperforming hardware. Isn’t that something we would all love on smartphones, we don’t have to pay $700 to $1000 to enjoy it?

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