Google released the Go Edition for its Android 11 operating system today.
The newly released operating system is the latest in the line of Android OS designed for entry level devices running on low memory, and it comes with new and upgraded features.
Thanks to more RAM installed on entry level devices, Google says that with the additional 270mb memory, Android 11 (Go edition) phones will launch apps up to 20% faster compared to Android 10 (Go edition).
This will make it possible for the devices to run three to four more apps on the background.
Google claims that the new Android 11 (Go edition) will deliver significant performance improvements, along with improved privacy and usability.
Google notes that devices running on 2GB of RAM will come with up to 900mb more free storage. This is an upgrade from the previous editions with lesser available memory.
This expansion was requested by manufacturers that are adding memory-intensive features like dual cameras and fingerprint sensors.
One of the new feature that Google is bringing to entry-level smartphones with Android 11 (Go edition) is gesture-based navigation.
With this new integration, Android Go edition users will be able to go to the home screen, switch between different apps, and navigate backward using simple hand gestures.
Privacy and Security
According to a blog post by Google, the company said that:
“This year, we’ve also introduced improvements to our suite of apps that were specially designed for entry-level smartphones…
…For example, Safe Folder is a new feature in Files by Google that protects personal files from being opened or accessed by others by storing them in a 4-digit PIN-encrypted folder.“
In term of privacy, Android 11 Go edition comes with new privacy enhancements that make it easier to control how and when data on your device is shared.
With one-time permissions, users can grant an app access to specific sensors like your microphone, camera or location.
When an app has not been in use for a long time, the permission auto resets, and would have to be granted again.
Google began developing the Go Edition of mainstream Android versions in 2018. The aim is to provide smooth Android experience for user of entry level mobile devices running on low memory.