Android 11 (Go Edition) has been announced by Google a few days after bringing the regular Android 11 release. The new update, which is basically a water-down version of the latest Android release, is for devices with up to 2 GB of RAM. This is in contrast to previous Android (Go version) updates that were provided for devices with up to 1.5 GB of RAM. In terms of performance boost, Android 11 (Go version) is deferred to bring a 20 percent faster app launch experience over what was available on Android 10 (Go version).
Android 11 (Go version) features
Google said in a blog post that by bringing a faster app launch experience, Android 11 (Go version) makes it easier for users to switch between apps. The new Android (Go version) release also comes with a dedicated space in the notification section for all messages called Conversations. It is also a part of the regular Android 11 release that started rolling out for the Pixel phone earlier this week.
Android 11 (Go Edition) also allows a bar that allows you to access specific sensors such as your microphone, camera, or app on location. There is also a feature for auto-reset permissions support – to reset permissions for an app that is not used for an extended period of time. Both lump sum permission and auto-reset are also available on the standard Android 11 release.
Google has additionally added gesture-based navigation support to Android 11 (Go version) to make it easier for users to work on smartphones with larger displays. It lets you navigate between home apps, navigate backward, and switch between apps that use simple swipes – another feature that’s already for regular users, after Android 10 was released in September last year.
Android 11 (Go Edition) Expands Memory Requirement
Unlike Android 10 (Go version) and its previous iterations, which were all designed for devices with 1.5 GB of RAM, Android 11 (Go version) has increased the memory requirement to 2 GB.
The expansion of 2GB of RAM gives Google an additional 270MB of free memory. This extra free memory will let you run three to four more apps in the background. In addition, Google stated that Android (Go version) comes with additional free storage space up to 900 MB, especially on 2GB devices.
“As these memory-intensive features come in entry-level smartphones, our partners have asked us to improve performance on these devices, especially around speed, storage and memory. Therefore, from next month Android (Go version) will be available on all new devices with 2GB of memory, ”Sagar Kamdar, VP of Product Management, Android, said in a blog post.
Google told The Verge that Android 11 (Go version) will only be available for new phones with 2GB of RAM, and not as an update to existing models that have a lot more memory. Google specified that it is up to the manufacturers to decide whether they want to launch their phones with Android 11 (Go version) or Android 10 (Go version).