Android Oreo Go Edition Three Key Features: Why 'Go' Matters to Mobile Users in the Philippines

Today - December 6, 2017, Google officially launched Android Oreo Go Edition, which is essentially a 'lite' version of the world's most popular mobile operating system that's meant to run on entry level smartphones with modest internal hardware and specifications.

If you remember, Google has done something like this in the past in the form of Android One, which had a great concept but failed to fully take off due to several reasons -- one of which was inconsistent software updates, according to users.

Made to run on Android smartphones with 1GB of RAM or less, Android Oreo Go Edition has three key features or qualities that entry level mobile users will surely appreciate.

First, it takes up two times less space than previous full versions of the Android OS. This means that you can enjoy more on-board storage for your other content like photos and videos.

Second, Android Oreo Go Edition has pre-installed Google apps that are 50% smaller or lighter than those made for the full version of the OS. Also, Android's 'Data Saver' feature is turned on by default on Go Edition to ensure that the user will get the most of his or her mobile data allocation in running applications and background services.

And finally, in Android Oreo Go Edition's Google Play Store, there's a separate section which contains recommended lite version of apps that are made to run well on devices with moderately powerful innards. One of these applications is Facebook Lite, which only weighs around 5MB versus the more than 20MB heft of the regular version.

So why should Filipinos care about the existence of Android Oreo Go Edition?

Well, the Philippines is what many call an 'emerging market' or 'a developing economy'. The truth is, many mobile users here are still using feature-phones with an alpha-numberic keyboards -- and when these users finally decide to upgrade to a smartphone, the device will most likely be an entry-level Android handset. As such, we can say that a large chunk of our population is exactly the target market of Android Oreo Go Edition -- and I'm sure phone companies, especially local ones like Cherry Mobile, have taken note of this. In fact, Cherry Mobile was the most enthusiastic Pinoy company in supporting Google's Android One initiative in previous years. If the company's interest in the concept hasn't waned, then I guess we can expect to see CM branded smartphones running Android Oreo Go Edition in the coming months.

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