Google introduces Android Go

  By Thom Holwerda - Posted on 2017-05-18 21:31:54 UTC at http://OSNews.com

During I/O, Google also announced Android Go, a version of the mobile operating system optimised for lower-end devices. From Google's announcement [https://android-developers.googleblog.com/2017/05/whats-new-in-android-o-developer.html]:

If a device has less than 1 GB of RAM, it will automatically use the Android Go version of Android. In addition, Google has set up a set of guidelines applications must adhere to in order to qualify for the special highlighting mentioned above.

The first question that popped into my mind was - why isn't every device getting this supposedly faster, and more lightweight version of Android? Will we be able to 'force' our devices to use Android Go, even if they don't officially qualify? The second question is - why would a developer go the lengths of creating additional versions of their application, instead of what they ought to do, which is slim down their existing application?

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