Android Go Gives Low-End Phones a Boost Dylan Duarte March 1, 2018 News Smartphone prices are a bit out of control, with several recent flagships costing upwards of $1,000. Software has been largely catered to those workhorses, too, oftentimes leaving cheaper, slower phones in the dust. Android Go aims to fix that. Android Go is a customized build of Android that’s been designed to run better on lower end phones, specifically those with 1GB of RAM or less. Not only does the OS itself take less memory to run, but Google has also released Go-optimized versions of some of their more popular apps, like YouTube and Gmail. Even Google Assistant can run on Android Go phones. You have to tap to activate it, rather than use a voice command, but that seems like a pretty fair compromise. Alcatel, Nokia, ZTE, and more are among the first to bring Android Go phones to market. Chris Velazco over at Engadget got to play with a few of them and sums his thoughts up nicely, saying the Nokia 1 ran particularly smooth, despite only having a gig of RAM and retailing for only $85. Google has suggested that we’ll see phones go as low as $50. If all of this seems familiar, you’re likely remember Android One, which was launched back in 2014 with the same goal of unifying the Android experience and providing support to entry-level devices. With the price of smartphones going through the roof, Android Go could be the exact thing the market needs right now. Share This With The World!