Android is not always as simple as it is supposed to be. While the developers keep launching different variants of the mobile operating system, Google has introduced two new Android variants to target different types of smartphone users. Android Go and Android One are the two new choices which the Android lovers need to know about. This article discusses what these variants are about; what stands them out and for whom these are suitable.
This Android variant is designed for mid-range smartphones having low-specs as compared to the counterparts. More appropriately, this phone targets those mobile phone users who are not using the high-tech smartphones. The first version of the Android Go is named Android Oreo(Go Edition) which is based on Android version 8.1. This low priced and low-specs Android variant is developed to resolve the data connectivity and battery charging issues faced by Google phone users. Android Go runs on the cell phone devices having 1GB or less RAM and internal storage of 8GB. The cost of these phones is estimated to be under $100.
Moreover, there is an optimized version of Android Go which is designed to run core Google apps including Gmail, Google Assistant, Map, YouTube, and Gboard among others. These apps are half of their original size. There is also a fast file manager named Files Go. The third-party app developers are also induced to make Go versions of their applications. These apps could be downloaded from a modified Google Play Store. The commonly used social networking platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram already have their Go versions.
The latest example of Android Go phones is ZTE Tempo Go which is a 5-inches mobile phone having 4G connectivity and a microSD card slot to extend phone storage. This phone is available in the US and costs around $80. The new 4.5-inches Nokia 1 is another best Android Go phone which is priced at $85.
Android One is a joint effort of Google and cell phone manufacturers. It does not include any interface customization rather it comes preloaded with a few applications and guaranteed updates. It is simply because it runs a ‘stock’ version of Android. However, the cell phones already running stock Android do not automatically become Android One. The latest Android variant has an uncustomized interface and less bloatware which may lead to efficient performance and longer battery life. It comes preinstalled with Google apps and a few third party value apps. You may also find a high-quality camera app which is optimized for the phone hardware. Unlike Android Go, the Android One phones are a bit expensive.
The manufacturers of mobile phones running ‘stock’ version of Android can join the Android One program on a few conditions. Their cell phones must have Android One logo printed on the back. They must agree to provide security updates and operating system updates on a regular basis. They will control pre-installed apps strictly.
Nokia has decided to provide its users the experience of Android One as most of its smartphones run the latest Android variant. Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 7 Plus are amongst the best Android One phones. Many other manufacturers release cell phones in both original Android and Android One variant.
Which Android is Suitable for You?
Every mobile phone and operating system caters to a different type of user. Before choosing anything you must know what are your needs and what type of cell phone is suitable for you.
Android Go is suitable for those who cannot afford flagship phones. This is appropriate for older people or those who do not expect their phones to do much. If you want a low-priced phone having basic smartphone functions, Android Go is the best choice for you.
On the other hand, Android One is for those who are enthralled by the updates, faster performance, longer battery and uninterrupted data connectivity. If you want uncustomized pure Android without any clutter and bloatware, Android One suits you best.
The original Android is the default option for those who do not want to opt for new Android variants. You may choose the original Android operating system if you like to stick to your favorite cell phone brand and regular updates are not a priority for you.