Google launches Android Pie Go edition: frees up to 500MB of additional storage

Android Go

Hot on the heels of the release of its final version of the Android 9.0 Pie, Google a few hours ago has announced details of the Pie edition of its lightweight Android Go which according to it is even smaller, faster, and more secure than the Oreo Go version. Google says devices with Android 9.0 Pie (Go edition) should begin to hit the shelves later this fall.

While promising to offer faster device boot times, better security features and a new dashboard for keeping a close eye on your data usage, Google says the Android Pie Go edition now requires less space as compared to the Oreo version. Specifically, it says the new OS now gives up to 500MB of storage space, so users now have more 500MB of space to play with.

To put it in perspective, Google illustrated that while a typical Android OS would require about 5.5GB of an 8GB flash drive for successful install or about 70 percent of its capacity, Android Oreo Go edition requires only 3GB of space/38 percent of the drive and now the Pie version of Android Go will take up only 2.5GB of space, which leaves about 70 percent of the drive free.

Elsewhere, Google says its range of lightweight Android Go apps including the Google Go, Google Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Maps Go, Gmail Go and Files Go are all now updated with some exciting features.

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The software giant in a blog post detailing the new OS also mentioned that over 200 Android Go smartphones are available in over 120 countries, while also announcing that over 100 OEMs globally plans to churn out more Android Go devices before the year runs out. Some of these upcoming devices might run on the now dated Oreo Go version, while we presume a larger chunk of them might come with the latest Android Pie Go edition.

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