Android Oreo (Go edition) has officially been announced for low-end smartphones with 1GB or 512MB RAM. It is basically a fine-tuned version of Android Oreo with special customizations made to both operating system and apps. Google first talked about it during its annual developer conference earlier this year and has finally released it alongside Android 8.1 Oreo.

With Android Oreo (Go edition), Google is claiming 15% faster performance on low-end smartphones which would be significant in day-to-day usage. It will also allow OEMs to offer double the amount of storage on devices they offer now after excluding the operating system and pre-installed apps.

Google is able to offer this much extra space by tweaking many of its apps. These include Google Go, Google Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, Gboard, Google Play, Chrome, and Files Go. All these apps include specific changes aimed at making most of the low resources on the device to deliver an optimal user experience. Even Play Store has been tweaked to highlight those apps which will work better and faster on such devices.

All Android Oreo (Go edition) users will get access to Google Play Protect and inbuilt data saver. These features allow them to be safe from malicious apps and save data respectively.

In the announcement, Google said,

“Android Oreo is the most secure version of Android yet, so when you buy an Android Oreo (Go edition) device, you’ll be getting all the same security features. And of course all devices with Android Oreo (Go edition) get Google Play Protect built-in. Google Play Protect continuously works to keep your device, data and apps safe. It scans your app installs, even when you’re offline, no matter where you downloaded them from.”

While Android Oreo (Go edition) has been announced, we will have to wait until some OEM releases a device running this tweaked operating system. As for now, there are no words on when exactly we will get to see such a device.