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Android 12 (Go edition) brings speed and battery improvements to budget handsets

A more refined OS for those low cost devices
Last Updated on December 1, 2023
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Android (Go Edition) debuted in 2017 as a lighter Android experience for budget handsets and tablets. The chances are if you’ve bought a low-end Android-based device in the past couple of years, it’ll be running Android (Go edition). Google has now lifted the lid on Android 12 (Go Edition) on their ‘The Keyword’ blog, promising speed and battery efficiencies being the top two priorities this time around.

The whole reason why people choose to flash or install custom Android ROMs is to improve older or budget handset performance and battery life. By the looks of things, Google is attempting to do the unthinkable, create an official Google Android 12 that makes budget handsets and tablets run like silk. Let’s take a deeper look into what’s in store for 2022:

Faster App Launches on Android 12 (Go edition)

Promising up to 30% faster load times for apps, Android 12 (GO edition) is making good use of splash screens to improve the users’ transition from OS to app. It certainly beats a loading screen:

Credit: Google

Longer Battery Life

By auto hibernating apps that haven’t been used for a while, Android 12 (Go edition), battery consumption is decreased thanks to less strain on the device CPU/SoC. The upgraded Files Go app is promising to recover deleted files from up to 30 days past, which means more storage space for users too.

Credit: Google

Brand New and Intelligent Features

Accessibility will be improved in Android 12 (Go edition) with options to translate and listen on the recent apps screen. App sharing and guest user features will also be included, which comes in very handy for shared device users. The Privacy dashboard is also making its way from Android 12 to Android 12 (Go edition), which comes in handy for seeing which apps are using your sensitive data and are accessing your microphone, camera, and more. Approximate location is also joining the party, making sure your apps can’t pinpoint your location if you don’t want them to.

All in all, it seems like we’re getting some of the better and more practical features of the full-fat Android 12 experience in budget handsets. Of course, said budget devices need to have some decent specifications to successfully run Android 12 (Go edition), but our previous experience with Android (Go edition) on sub $100 tablets and handsets give us confidence in saying Android 12 (Go edition won’t disappoint).

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Christian 'Reggie' Waits' is a contributor to PC Guide, having written a wide array of how to and buying guide content.