What is Android Go?

Before going to start comparing Android Go apps Vs normal Android apps. Let me discuss a few points on Android Go.

Android Go, also known as Android Oreo (Go edition), is a stripped-down version of Android. It is comprised of three optimized areas of the

  • operating system,
  • Google Play Store, and
  • Google apps

which have been reimagined to provide a better experience on lesser hardware. The operating system is based on Android Oreo. It roughly takes up half the space of Android Nougat, giving smartphones with low storage, the breathing room to hold more media and apps out of the box

Devices running Android Go are said to open apps 15 percent faster than previous Android software, although this is also the case with the regular version of Oreo. Furthermore, Google has enabled the “data saver” feature for Android Go users by default to help them consume less mobile data. Like the OS, Google has also developed apps to make better use of the device’s memory. These require up to 50 percent less space and perform better on low-end hardware. Android Go smartphones come with only nine pre-installed apps, listed below. The Android Go Apps work better in low-level phone smartphones that are priced at like $45 to $75.

1. Google Go Vs Google

Google Go offering the most useful features of the regular Google app. The application is plainly intended to look basic features and has highlights like voice search, maps, GIFS and even google translate. Putting all the Google applications in one place. All that for an introduced application size of just around 4.5 MB. Compare to regular google app it’s much easier and faster way of searching in Google Go. Google Go doesn’t have highlights like the Google Feed, however, that is extremely alright considering the space you’re sparing, and many individuals, in any case, don’t generally utilize the Google Feed. Not only that, Google Go utilizes very less RAM than the Google App does. In my tests, I found Google Go utilized around 66MB of RAM, while the Google App utilized an incredible 260MB! I tried the RAM utilization utilizing ADB(Android Debug Bridge), so you can rely on the outcomes to be truly precise.


2. Google Maps Go vs Google Maps 

Google Maps Go is just a shortcut to a webpage. The whole purpose of the go series apps is to make a less powerful alternative for low-end phones and yet this needs Chrome to work. Coming to the features of the app. The Maps Go app doesn’t have a feature of navigation. I mean, you can get the directions but you can’t go from directions to real-time navigation and that’s a big turn off for the maps go. It also does not support for offline maps. However, it has that awesome feature from the Google Maps where you can get traffic information for different times of the day to plan your journey accordingly. In terms of RAM usage as well, Maps Go is amazing. It used just 4.5MB of RAM on average as compared to Google Maps, which used a whopping 173MB. It is much faster compared to normal google maps.

3. Files Go

Honestly, this is the best app which I find useful from the GO apps.

Files Go is a new storage manager that helps you to free up your storage on your device, find files faster, and share them easily offline with others. In just a couple of taps, you can free up your space more rapidly and effectively than ever. Erase old photographs and memes from chat apps, remove duplicate files, delete unused apps, clear your cache and more. Use Files Go to check how much free space is left on your phone and SD card. Effortlessly transfer your files to an SD card to free up your internal storage, right from the app. Get helpful suggestions of files to erase before you run out of space. Files Go recommendations get smarter the more you use the app. Save your time looking for photos, videos, and documents on your phone. Files Go uses filters rather than folders so your stuff is organized more intuitively. Share your pictures, videos, documents, or apps with others nearby who also have the app. With a speed up to 125 Mbps, it’s fast, free, and it works without the internet, so it doesn’t cost your mobile data. Files Go’s offline file sharing is secured with WPA2 encryption, providing more secure file transfer. Files Go takes less than 6MB of storage on your phone. And there’s no malware or bloatware to affect your phone’s performance.

Files Go tries to ensure that all those WhatsApp good morning images, memes, group chat photos don’t eat up your storage.

4. Gmail Go vs Gmail

Gmail Go, like others in the Go series, takes up less storage space on your smartphone and makes better use of mobile data compared with the regular version of Gmail. It roughly takes up 25 MB of space on a device, compared with Gmail’s 47 MB storage space. However, it’s only been designed to meet the size and memory requirements of Android Go. Some early adopters have pointed out that scrolling on Gmail Go is a much more choppy experience than on the standard Gmail. It also syncs fewer days of emails and attachments to use less bandwidth.

5. YouTube Go vs YouTube

Unlike other Go applications, YouTube Go follows an alternate approach in bringing entertainment to the users. It mainly focuses on saving your mobile data and storage. In normal youtube app we can directly play the video by tapping on it, whereas in youtube Go we don’t have that feature instead we get an option of either play it or download it by this way we can save some data (sometimes invalid clicks start playing the video this causes loss of data). Unlike normal youtube app, we don’t have a feature of subscribing to other channels in the YouTube Go app and users can switch the quality of video and can share downloaded videos with your friends (whole video not just link). YouTube Go likewise takes up significantly less space when contrasted with the normal YouTube application. While the normal YouTube application is 122MB in the estimate(it changes from device to device), YouTube Go is just  29MB, and furthermore utilizes only about 74MB of RAM overall, when compared with normal YouTube’s 103MB. It also supports many regional languages.

These are some pros and cons of Android Go apps Vs normal android apps. If you are using a low-level device that means below 10K Rs, Android Go apps will be the best for those devices otherwise I recommend you to use normal android apps. Don’t forget to use files go the best app I can say for all types of devices. The main purpose of creating these Go series is for cheaper smartphones to provide better performance, more storage, save data.

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