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Google has officially fragmented Android with a special variant for low end devices lol.

Android Developers Blog: What’s New in Android: O Developer Preview 2 & More

Today we gave a sneak peek of a new experience that we’re building specifically for Android devices that have 1GB or less of memory -- Internally we call it “Android Go,” and it’s designed around three things
OS: We’re optimizing Android O to run smoothly and efficiently on entry-level devices
Apps: We’re also designing Google apps to use less memory, storage space, and mobile data, including apps such as YouTube Go, Chrome, and Gboard.
Play: On entry-level devices, Play store will promote a better user experience by highlighting apps that are specifically designed for these devices -- such as apps that use less memory, storage space, and mobile data -- while still giving users access to the entire app catalog.
The Android Go experience will ship in 2018 for all Android devices that have 1GB or less of memory. We recommend getting your apps ready for these devices soon -- take a look at the Building for Billions to learn about the importance of offering a useful offline state, reducing APK size, and minimizing battery and memory use.
 

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Android Go: The Details Google Didn’t Reveal During the Keynote

So what will be different about Android Go devices?
Think of Android Go as a bunch of presets that your Android O device will ship with. Some OS settings will be switched on (or off) by default; some Google apps will be a bit different than other Android O devices; and the Google Play Store will highlight third-party apps optimised for the Go experience - that’s about it.

“The way this works is that Android has a configuration when you build a device in factory and we are effectively putting a Go configuration in place, which is very similar to what do with Svelte so if the device is low-RAM, for example, when the device is built in the factory, it's configured, right,” Samat explains. “It's not something the user decides, it's something that the OEM decides at the factory and what we are saying is if you are gonna build a device that’s 1GB or less [RAM] then you should build it with the Go OS configuration, so you should use Android O, but you should use these configuration settings.”

When asked to detail some of these changes, Samat says, “[..] when in Svelte, as far back as KitKat, there’s a number of things that the device will do to optimise the UI, so when it detects that it's low RAM device, there’s a number of animations that are turned off, a number of things that are memory-intensive like that in the UI that are nice, but if they are done wrong - because they are memory-intensive - they can actually compromise the experience, as opposed to enhancing the experience, so those are some examples of optimisations.”

“The other thing though is there are some feature that we are adding, so it's not just about taking away but about adding features. We mentioned yesterday in the keynote that data management is very important to users that are coming online today. So data management will go in Quick Settings as another example of the UI change. So there are some things that are added and some things that are modified.”
 

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nope. it would support all android apps. except for the ones that requires better hardware specifications.
 

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Windows 10 S also supports all apps, only condition is that apps should be downloaded from official Windows Store.
But if Android Go supports all apps, then why make separate OS?
 

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It's a subset of the Android OS. Optimized for low performance devices. Will come with Go version of Google Apps. Check YouTube Go app for instance. Simplified. Consumes less resources. Has features for markets like India... Like offline sharing of downloaded videos. This should have been launched with Android One platform. Too late now.
 


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Android Go: The Details Google Didn’t Reveal During the Keynote
Is Android Go a new version of Android?
“Android Go is not a new version of Android, it’s not a different Android, it’s a project name inside Google.”

What will be the Android version that Go devices will ship with?
“We call it Android Go - it’s an internal name - but the OS that these partners will be shipping will be Android O - there’s no separate OS called Android Go,”

So what will be different about Android Go devices?
Think of Android Go as a bunch of presets that your Android O device will ship with. Some OS settings will be switched on (or off) by default; some Google apps will be a bit different than other Android O devices; and the Google Play Store will highlight third-party apps optimized for the Go experience - that’s about it.
“It's not something the user decides, it's something that the OEM decides at the factory and what we are saying is if you are gonna build a device that’s 1GB or less [RAM] then you should build it with the Go OS configuration, so you should use Android O, but you should use these configuration settings.”
 

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