Android Go

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Android Go
Android Go logo.svg
Android 10 Go homescreen.png
Android Go 10 home screen with Pixel Launcher
OS familyUnix-like (modified Linux kernel)
Working stateCurrent
Initial releaseDecember 5, 2017; 4 years ago (2017-12-05)
Latest releaseAndroid Go 12
Marketing targetLow-end/ultra-budget smartphones (with 2 GB RAM or less)
Preceded byAndroid One

Android Go, officially Android (Go Edition),[1] is a stripped-down version of the Android operating system, designed for low-end and ultra-budget smartphones. It is intended for smartphones with 2 GB of RAM or less[2] and was first made available for Android Oreo. This mode has platform optimizations designed to reduce mobile data usage (including enabling Data Saver mode by default), and a special suite of Google Mobile Services designed to be less resource- and bandwidth-intensive. Google Play Services package was also modularized to reduce its memory footprint.[3] The Google Play Store will highlight lighter apps suited for these devices.[4][5]

The operating system's interface differs from that of mainline Android, with the quick-settings panel giving greater prominence to information regarding the battery, mobile-data limit, and available storage; the recent apps menu using a modified layout and being limited to four apps (in order to reduce RAM consumption), and an application programming interface (API) for allowing mobile carriers to implement data-tracking and top-ups within the Android settings menu.[3] Some system services are disabled such as Notification access and Picture-in-picture mode to improve performance.

Most devices running Android Go use Google's "stock" Android GUI, although there are several manufacturers that still use customized GUI.


Android Go was made available to OEMs for Android 8.1, and later, for Android Pie.

Initial release
8.1 (Oreo) (Go edition) Old version, no longer maintained: 8.1 December 5, 2017 [6]
9 (Pie) (Go edition) Old version, no longer maintained: 9 August 15, 2018 [7]
10 (Queen Cake) (Go edition) Older version, yet still maintained: 10 September 25, 2019 [8]
11 (Red Velvet Cake) (Go edition) Older version, yet still maintained: 11 September 10, 2020 [9]
12 (Snow Cone) (Go edition) Current stable version: 12 December 14, 2021 [10]
Old version
Older version, still maintained
Latest version
Latest preview version
Future release

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  1. ^ "Android (Go edition)". Android. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  2. ^ "Android (Go edition)". Android. Retrieved 2021-06-21.
  3. ^ a b "Android 8.0 Oreo, thoroughly reviewed". Ars Technica. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  4. ^ ""Android Go" will strip Android down for ultra-low-budget phones". Ars Technica. Conde Nast. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  5. ^ "Android Go could help make Android O a runaway success". Engadget. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  6. ^ "Introducing Android Oreo (Go edition) with the release of Android 8.1". Blog. Google. 5 December 2017. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Android 9 Pie (Go edition): New features and more options this fall". Blog. Google. 15 August 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  8. ^ "More improvements for Android on entry-level phones". Blog. Google. 25 September 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Android 11 (Go edition): New features coming to more devices". Blog. Google. 10 September 2020. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  10. ^ A closer look at Android 12 (Go edition).

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