December 5, 2020

Google rolls out Gboard Go app to Android Oreo devices with low RAM

Google, besides rolling out the new Wi-Fi feature in its Android 8.1 Oreo, introduced a new ‘Go’ version of an app that it didn’t reveal last month while launching Android 8.0 Oreo (Go Edition). The app called Gboard Go is the lite version of the keyboard app that is widely used on Android devices.
The app was spotted by Android Police and is said to be missing from Google Play Store unlike other ‘Go’ edition apps. Interested users can however, side load the app by manually downloading and installing it. It has been reported that the app works on devices with low RAM running Android 8.1 Oreo.
The app is said to look and work in the same fashion as the regular version. But what makes it lighter is the absence of certain features such as GIF search and stickers. One handed-mode is also not present in the app. The app uses less RAM and also weighs lighter.
We assume the app will eventually make its way to the Google Play Store.
Google introduced Android 8.0 Oreo (Go Edition) for markets like India back in December 2017. Besides launching the new Android OS version, the company also took the wraps off certain ‘Go Edition’ apps, which are essentially the lighter version of the regular apps.
One of the highlighted app was Files Go that lets users free up unwanted space, find files and more. Also revealed were the ‘Go’ versions of Google Search, Google Assistant, Google Maps, Gmail and more. The OS version will also come with YouTube Go.
Recently Micromax announced itself as the first domestic smartphone brand to launch an Android 8.0 Oreo (Go Edition) handset. The firm has not yet revealed anything else except for the name of the smartphone, Micromax Bharat Go. The handset is said to launch later this month.