Hello all today I am writing about the difference and the advantage between Android One vs Android Go
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 API for allowing mobile carriers to implement data-tracking and top-ups within the Android settings menu.
Initially developed by Android Inc., which Google bought in 2005, Android was unveiled in 2007, with the first commercial Android device launched in September 2008. The current stable version is Android 9 “Pie”, released on August 2018. Google released the first beta of the next release, Android 10 (code-named Android Q during development), on Pixel phones in March 2019. The core Android source code is known as the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), which is primarily licensed under the Apache License.
Android has been the best-selling OS worldwide on smartphones since 2011 and on tablets since 2013. As of May 2017, it has over two billion monthly active users, the largest installed base of any operating system, and as of December 2018, the Google Play store features over 2.6 million apps.
Android is very popular among mobile operating systems. Android OS accounts for over 84% of the total smartphones. You say a thing, and Android will do it. Be it customizing your device, optimizing an app, changing its fonts and looks or interface, installing different ROMs and kernels to try different functionalities or anything else, Android will do it without blinking an eye. Since it is based on Linux, it has endless possibilities. When comparing Android to iOS or Windows, Android isn’t comparable! Talk about anything related to iOS, Android is far ahead of it.
Widgets, customization, price, budget, multitasking, ROMs and Kernels, Android is far ahead and better in almost every aspect. Coming to Windows, there is ROM available for Android OS which is almost similar to Windows OS. Plus, you can dual-boot (install and use 2 or more than 2 OS simultaneously) in Android. So, why to go for iOS or windows, when you can use them both at the same time on your Android device?
Now, over the years, Android Operating System has evolved greatly. Coming from the days of Android 1.5 (Cupcake) to Android 7.0 (Nougat), Android has developed vastly and has added various features in its archery which makes it one of the most loved Operating systems of the era. Many Smartphone OEMs especially Samsung saw the light, thanks to Android. But what was coming next? An expansion, of course! Android soon expanded in the domains of tablets, TVs, Chrome books and even cars. From being a simple OS to being Google’s Everything, Android came a long way.
But in all this, Google also launched its Android One Program in its I/O of 2014 and Android Go in its I/O of 2017. Over the years, developers became occupied with Android Marshmallow, Nougat and now Android O which diverted the attention from Android One and Android Go. Now, discussions are doing the round that Go is going to replace one, which is NOT correct. So, we decided to cover everything about Android One and Android Go, the differences and similarities between them and how Google is going to operate between Android, Android One, and Android Go. Now, let us begin with the Android One Program.
The keynote of Google I/O 2014 developers conference began with the topic of how great Android is doing. CEO Sundar Pichai introduced the all-new Android One which deserves an ovation for innovative thinking. Android One was based on the idea of giving smartphone access to emerging markets across the globe at very low costs.
Android One program was quite different from the normal Android in which Google only handles the software department of the smartphone. In this program, Google first gave a reference to the hardware required to the OEMs which develop high-quality affordable components for smartphones which pave the way for building a smartphone at very affordable price points. Next, on the Software front, instead of depending on OEMs for software updates, Google has directly provided updates like it does with Nexus or Pixel and Google Play Edition devices. As understood, the software was Stock Android with full Google Apps support.
The manufacturing of first Android One devices was started in India with Micromax, Karbonn, and Special joining hands with Google to develop a device at less than $100. Android One was one great way to overcome the ‘updates’ related issue as low-cost Android smartphones run Android 4.0 (Ice-cream Sandwich) or sometimes even Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). As the things have shaped till now, we see Android One as the program used by Google to raise the quality of smartphones at the bottom scale of the Android smartphone industry.
Micromax Canvas A1 was the first smartphone based on Android One and it ran on Android 4.4.4 KitKat, build KPW53, and a Google-built Linux 3.4.67 kernel dated Aug 20. Next, Android One made its way to new emerging markets like the Philippines, Turkey, Myanmar and also finally in the US. Soon, developers started contributing and we saw CyanogenMod Custom ROMs for Android.
The bottom line is Android One wasn’t built for those who are used to premium smartphones, it was for providing entry-level smartphones to the ones stuck on feature phones. And, we must say, Android One was quite successful in this regard. But the Indian companies, with which Google partnered, didn’t market Android One devices as they should have. These lead consumers to forget about them and move on. Then came, Xiaomi, and Lenovo and they became the king of mid-range smartphones by making phones which had premium features at a mid-range price, thus leaving Android One to fail. By the end of 2016, it was quite clear that Google Partners were abandoning the Android One strategy.
Features of Android One:
- Faster updates
- Updates from Google
- Better battery
- Artificial Intelligence from Google
- Google Photos – Free unlimited high-quality photo storage
- Google Lens integration
- Google Play Protect
- Optimized Google Assistant
- Smoother overall OS
- 2 Years of OS upgrade
- Monthly security updates
- Lesser resource hungry
- No bloatware or unwanted apps
- Better performance
- More free storage
Android Go, a tailored Android distribution for low-end devices, was first unveiled for Android Oreo; it is intended for devices with 1 GB of RAM or less. 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 was also modularized to reduce its memory footprint. The Google Play Store will highlight lightweight apps suited for these devices.
We all know Android is a memory-hungry operating system. But with the advancements in battery optimization and app cache, Android O will most probably run smoothly on all the smartphones. Remember Project Svelte, which debuted with Jellybean. It was a Customized Jellybean for low-end smartphones. Similarly, Android Go is a customized version of Android O. The difference is just that Android Go will support every Android OS which comes after Android O.
For Android Go, Google is customizing all of its major apps like YouTube, Gboard, Chrome so that they use as little data as possible. In Android Go, chrome will use its data saver feature by default and YouTube will be used as YouTube Go, to save data. Gboard will support multiple languages and translations.
In Android Go, Play Store will show light-weighted apps first like Facebook Lite, YouTube Go which is less than 10 MB in size. These apps will mostly remain in the compressed state and there won’t be any prompts for regular updates.
With these features, Google can make any phone work with limited memory and without the need to partner with various OEMs for running a stock version of Android without much customization.
But the next question which comes to our mind is, why will Android Go succeed where Android One failed? So here is the answer.
Features of Android Go:
- Android Go Designed for Low-end devices
- Designed for devices with 1GB or less RAM
- Designed for devices with 8GB or less storage
- Brings 2x storage compared to standard Android
- Up to 50%, smaller app sizes compared to standard Android
- Files Go app to handle all your files in one place
- It also gives Google Play Protect
- ‘Go’ branded Google apps
- Data saver with up to 60% saving
- Find my device
- Optimized Google Assistant Go
Android One vs Android Go
In 2014, Google launched Android One Program with almost a similar mission as of Android Go, but then why did Android One failed and Android Go will succeed?
When Google launched Android One in 2014, it focused on providing a standardized hardware design and stock software to OEMs. Thus, OEMs had no freedom and they couldn’t compete with other smartphones in the market. But in 2017, Google has realized that standardized hardware design won’t create much competition between OEMs thus it won’t be adopted by manufacturers. This resulted in Android Go, where Google has left the hardware part for OEMs and is fully focusing on software which can run smoothly even on a low-end smartphone.
This is the reason why Android Go will succeed as OEMs and users both have the freedom to choose what type of smartphone they want. With apps like YouTube Go, Gboard, Chrome and Play Store made to save data and power, Android Go will be a hit. Android Go will bring a new experience for low-end users, as it will combine smooth software with low-cost hardware.
So we can say now Android go and android one has designed for their own purpose. If it is a device of small configuration then Android Go suites best.