Google just launched a new version of Android for low-budget phones

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Google launched the less hardware intensive Android Go for low-end devices though it remains if it becomes popular enough given the relative affordability of Android devices already.

The first version of Android Go is based on the current Android Oreo release and is now available for OEMs to use it on their upcoming devices. The objective is to reach out to a larger user base and share the recent Android experience even with those who use entry-level devices. As entry level devices usually have little storage space, Google said it optimised the OS and enhanced its preinstalled Google apps to take up 50 percent less space, resulting in a doubling of available storage on entry-level devices. It's bringing the smartest feature of Android to the feature phone.

Android Oreo is the first version to get the "Go" treatment for seamless Android experience on devices with less than 1GB RAM.

Google today conducted the third edition of its annual "Google for India" event in Delhi.

Launching another India first product, Two-Wheeler Mode in Google Maps, Martha Welsh, Director Google Maps said, "India is the world's largest two-wheeler market and the navigation needs of these millions of riders are different from automobile drivers".

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"To make sure billions more people can get access to computing, it's important that entry-level devices are fully functioning smartphones that can browse the web and use apps", said Kamdar.

There are now more Android users in India than there are in the US, according to Google, and the company has its sights set on the "billions more" who don't yet have access. Second, Google Go comes in a small app size, it is light on data usage, and works great even on patchy connections. Finally, the Google Play Store version on the OS will be adjusted.

Google's Play Store will also include a new section aimed at apps for entry-level devices, although these devices should also be able to download any app, assuming that there's room for it. Amongst all the announcements, the major one is the Google Assistant for Reliance JioPhone.

Google touts the Assistant for JioPhone as a special version designed for the JioPhone, and of course, it's built for India. "It was this winning spirit that inspired us to create a new sustainable framework with Tata Trusts, that aims to deliver employment opportunities to Internet Saathis".