Google has introduced a new type of Android.

It's not like the Android OS you'd find on a high-end smartphone such as the Google Pixel. The important thing to realise here is that Android Go is basically a light version of Android O that's meant for budget, entry-level phones with about 512MB to 1GB of memory (RAM). So, it's designed for devices like the just-announced Moto C, which has a low-resolution 5-inch screen and 8GB of storage. 

Keep in mind Google is trying to get more Android devices into the hands of people in developing communities: "There are now more Android users in India than there are in the US," said Sameer Samat, the VP of product management for Android and Google Play, while on stage at the Google I/O 2017 conference on Wednesday. "Every minute seven Brazilians come online for the first time."

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Low-end devices sometimes can't handle heavy apps, but with Android Go, which is different from Google's similar Android One initiative, a budget phone's software will be optimised for low-performing processors, small amounts of memory, and minimal mobile data consumption. It'll basically make apps lighter - and Google Play Store will serve up apps and games that work best on budget phones.

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Android Go will come with a data management tool in the quick settings, so that device owners can easily see how much data they have left, and the Chrome browser will enable Android's data-saver feature by default. YouTube Go will preview videos before loading a data-heavy video, and you'll be able to select a lower-streaming quality and see how much data each option will eat up.

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Google said the first Android Go will arrive in 2018. Check out Pocket-lint's Google I/O guide to see what else Google has announced. - PAY MONTHLY PHONES The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is now available on EE who have been awarded the UK’s best network for the fifth year running. RootMetrics tested the four UK networks and EE was faster and more reliable than all of them, with better data performance. Their network has come a long way since they launched in 2012. Back then they had 11 UK cities covered by 4G. Today they cover most of the UK’s land mass, thanks to 19,000 state-of-the-art 4G sites. They’ve got faster, too – from 50Mbps to a maximum speed of 400Mbps. And they’re soon to experience even greater possibilities with the launch of 5G.

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