Android Go is a regular Android designed and optimized specifically for low-cost smartphones with 2GB of RAM or less. According to the developers, applications on such an OS open 15% faster than regular ones. In the end, there are no “bells and whistles” that add heavy third-party shells that often slow down the smartphone.
It is also important that Android Go is not “supplied” directly from Google. According to the Android Authority, the system is being finalized by individual manufacturers and installed on this form. The final vendor is also responsible for releasing updates.
The “lightweight” system introduced in 2018 is constantly being improved. It is regularly replenished with some “older brother” chips. This article compared the clean version of the “green robot” with the simplified Android 10 Go on Nokia 1.4 and highlighted the most significant differences.
Interface: few differences
The differences in the appearance of both systems are minimal. The shutter of notifications and quick settings, the settings and notifications themselves in Android look the same as on the older version of Android 10.
The application menu looks the same, except for the absence of the recommended programs panel.
But the list of recent applications is much simpler: the preview is smaller, the soft is closed by swiping to the right, not up, the “Clear All” button is at the very bottom and not on the left side entire menu.
Chips: Android Go pleasantly surprises
If we compare the functionality of the two systems, then the difference is not easy to find here either.
The most noticeable difference is the navigation in the system. Gestures are not available in Android Go – only the classic three-button control.
In addition, the simplified OS does not provide the ability to add shortcuts from Google Chrome to the desktop. But Android 10 Go has a system dark theme and even a Digital Wellbeing section where you can track the time spent in a particular application.
For the rest, the simplified system even received small chips like the ability to share a password from Wi-Fi networks using a QR code.
It is also important that a smartphone with Android Go is preinstalled with special versions of applications from Google: “Gallery Go,” Google Go, Files, Camera Go. They have stripped down functionality and a simpler design but consume fewer resources. Nothing prevents you from installing full-fledged analogs of these programs – they are available for download from the Play Store.
Personal experience of use: simplifications are almost invisible
In fact, Android Go is not much different from the usual “green robot.” Most of all, of course, there is a lack of gesture control. Otherwise, the usual OS without hardships, only some simplified menus periodically remind me that I use a budget smartphone. Go applications are quite convenient. I was personally upset only by the lack of synchronization with Google Photo. But, as I said above, I can install the full version of the program and use it. It’s nice that a smartphone with 3 GB of RAM can hold a dozen different applications in the background – I think this is also the merit of Android Go.
Comparing full-fledged Android and Android 10 Go side-by-side, it’s hard to find dramatic differences. The “lightweight” system almost completely repeats the interface and functionality of a conventional OS. The only difference is the number of pre-installed applications, the design of some system menus, and the presence of minor features. The main work was done “under the hood” – improved memory management, added special encryption, and reduced the system’s weight.