The Go edition of Android 11 will allow affordable smartphones with very little RAM to take advantage of some of the new features of the operating system (as well as improvements developed specifically for this category of device).
© andrekheren (via Pixabay.com)
Recently, after several months of beta testing, Google finally released the stable version of Android 11, the new version of its operating system. The rollout of this has already started on some devices, like the company's Pixel smartphones, as well as models like Xiaomi's Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro.
But even if you are using an entry-level smartphone, your device may benefit from this OS update, especially if it uses Android Go. As a reminder, Android Go is a variant of Android. which was created by Google for low cost models with few resources. This is a light version of the OS that allows you to have a better experience on this category of smartphones.
Recently, Google also announced the availability of Android 11 (Go edition), or the modified version of Android 11 for very affordable smartphones. The Mountain View firm evokes specific improvements to this type of device. For example, with Android 11 (Go edition), opening applications will be 20% faster compared to Android 10 (Go edition).
Google has also revised the notification system, in order to include a space that centralizes all alerts from messaging services. On the other hand, the firm mentioned improvements in security. On this topic, Sagar Kamdar, VP of Product Management, explains: “Affordability shouldn't mean compromising privacy and security, which is why we have made sure that Go Edition smartphones have access to the same protections. of advanced privacy than any Android device. “
The Go edition of Android 11 does not take advantage of all the new features of the standard version. However, Google did not forget about affordable devices when developing Android 11. “From next month, Android (Go edition) will be available on all new devices with up to 2 GB of memory,” the responsible for the firm.
Google is making progress against fragmentation of its operating system
Android has a good reputation for being an open system, which also allows smartphone manufacturers to customize the operating system. On the other hand, the deployment of updates is done very slowly, precisely because it does not depend only on Google, but also on manufacturers and suppliers of components.
However, in recent years, the firm indicates that it has made progress to improve this situation. Thanks to Project Treble, a new architecture that reduces the interdependence between Google, smartphone brands, and component suppliers in the update process, new versions of Android are available to more users faster.
According to the firm's data, Android 10 was available on 100 million devices, five months after its release in 2019. Android 10 was deployed 28% faster than its predecessor, Android Pie. And hopefully, with Android 11, Google will be able to roll out updates even faster. In addition to the Treble project, the Go edition of Android (and Android One) should also help speed up this update process. But of course, we are still very far from the speed at which Apple, each year, deploys new versions of iOS on compatible iPhones.