Android One vs Android Go explained: What’s the difference?

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From reader Jerry Culala: What’s the difference between Android One and Android GO?

Android Software Yugatech | Android One Vs Android Go Explained: What'S The Difference?

 

Here’s how these two differ: Android One is a program from Google that makes phone manufacturers implement an entirely pure Android software with little to no modifications. As devices become a part of the Android One program, these phones oftentimes receive updates faster than other devices primarily because they are Google-certified devices with a promise of future updates up to two years. Aside from the pure Android experience, there are additional perks intended for these devices including unlimited photo storage on Google Photos.

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What started out as a program for entry-level devices that included the Cherry Mobile One and MyPhone Uno in 2015, has now expanded to mid-range and flagship devices, and some examples include the Nokia 6 (2018), Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 8 Sirocco, and the Xiaomi Mi A1 which has the company’s dedicated camera app in tow.

Google, however, thought of their original plan for a better OS in entry-level smartphones and went back to the drawing board to create another program exclusively for that segment. The result was the Android Go, a more optimized mobile operating system designed to work for phones with measly components and cheaper price tags. It is lighter in storage and touted to be more efficient even when a phone is equipped with 1GB RAM or less, and make more efficient data use, saving you MBs in the long run.

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This one, though, may be quite tricky as it may require apps specifically designed for Android Go to work — Google has launched GO versions of its suite of apps including Assistant, Files, and Gmail, with apps optimized for the OS being highlighted at the Play Store. We’ve seen a lot of manufacturers make the jump to the platform from brands such as ZTE, Alcatel, and ASUS to local brands like Cherry Mobile that will release a new Flare P3 series of phones and subsequently rolled out a refreshed version of the Omega Lite 4.

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