Google has made its Android 10 Go aka Android 10 (Go edition) official in a blog post yesterday. The Go edition of Android powers entry-level smartphones and Nokia 2.1, 1 and 1 Plus are candidates to get Android 10 Go as the OS upgrade in 2020.
As per the roadmap shared by HMD, Nokia 1 Plus will get it in Q1 2020 while Nokia 1 and 2.1 in Q2 2020. Coming to the major new features and changes that Android 10 Go brings over Android Pie Go, Google has mentioned faster apps switching and brand-new encryption called Adiantum. Official Go apps are also coming with an improved experience.
Read the full official changelog below.
Android 10 Go official changelog:
- Switch between apps faster and in a memory-efficient way. Speed and reliability are also enhanced—apps now launch 10 percent faster than they did on Android 9 (Go edition).
- Encryption underpins our digital security, as it protects your data even if your device falls into the wrong hands. That’s why Android 10 (Go edition) includes a new form of encryption, built by Google for entry-level smartphones, called Adiantum. Up until now, not all entry-level smartphones were able to encrypt data without affecting device performance.
- Adiantum is built to run efficiently without specialized hardware, meaning all Go edition users will have the same level of data security as any Android device, without compromising performance. This will make the next generation of devices more secure than their predecessors, and allow the next billion people coming online for the first time to do so safely.
Apps designed for Go edition phones are also improving to better serve the needs of first-time smartphone owners.
- For example, we’ve introduced a number of updates to Google Go. With the AI-powered read-out-loud feature that makes consuming long-form text as easy as listening to the radio, people feel more comfortable using the web in their daily lives. Lens in Google Go helps people who struggle to read things in real life by reading out and translating the text that you point with your camera. Since the launch, people have told us that it helps them read and understand important things like bus schedules and bank forms.
- YouTube Go, which helps people watch videos on low-speed connections, is also receiving positive responses. People tell us they encounter less buffering while streaming videos, and are now saving on their data consumption.
- The new Gallery Go by Google Photos makes it easier to find photos on your entry-level phone. Just 10MB in size and powered by on-device machine learning, it automatically organizes your photos by the people and things you take photos of—and it works offline, too.