With all the consumer attention and media frenzy focused on the more interesting aspects of a smartphone like its camera technology, battery capacity, and display, it can be easy to neglect what should be the bedrock of every device in this paranoid age: security. Fortifying user data and prioritizing user privacy are imperative, and no one does it better than the Google Pixel 3.

Android phones are, for the most part, not considered super secure. However, with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, one never feels like one’s privacy and need for security is not being taken seriously. This is largely down to the smartphones’ usage of the pure stock version of Android Pie, so whenever a security bug or vulnerability pops up, Pixel phones are the first to receive security patches.

Additionally, Google rolls out security patches on a monthly basis thereby ensuring that you are as safe from potential exploits and attacks as possible. The company also guarantees updates for up to three years, which is all the more reason to feel confident buying a Pixel 3.

So Google is always on top when it comes to timely software updates and patches, but what’s the deal with them anyway? Well, whenever a device connects to the Internet, it essentially exposes itself to all manner of exploits that can move past its default security configuration. If the device is not adapting to the hostile environment by updating itself regularly, it can’t hope to survive.

Along with security and privacy, transparency is of utmost importance as well. Google is apparently mindful of that, as it allows you to examine the Android code for the platform version as well as all of the updates.

With a whole team of dedicated engineers and security experts, Google takes the secure nature of its devices very seriously, and the Pixel 3 encapsulates that

Manufacturers are constantly striving to offer a fluid user experience for you while using an Android phone. They’re walking a thin line between branding the smartphone with their specifics, and keeping the user experience, and performance, relatively untouched. Needless to say, they don’t always succeed. That’s when you have to think about ways to speed up Android.

Software, as it’s been the case in the past two decades, is also continuously pushing the envelope. It drives hardware advancements, and vice versa. You might end up in a situation where your older hardware has a real problem running newer software. Even if it doesn’t, it might stutter occasionally.

Not to mention that your phone is going to be the fastest when you pull it out of the box. From there on, once you load your apps, and accounts, set it up, it will only become slower and slower.

There’s an easy little trick you can do to speed up Android. There are plenty of times when the phone is perceived to be sluggish, but in reality, there’s nothing slowing it down. Well, there is, if you consider all the animations going on. Google, in general, and manufacturers, are also trying to make your experience as visually pleasing, and unique, as possible. They do that by adding some animations and transitions to the user interface. These take some time, even if it’s not significant; time that slows down app launching and even switching between programs running on your phone.

Luckily you can disable or shorten them to speed up Android on your phone. Good thing about this trick is that it doesn’t require a lot of tinkering and tampering to get it done. We’re going to show you how you can disable animations in order to make your Android device feel faster.

Step 1: Enable Developer Mode

First thing you have to do to speed up Android is enable Developer Mode. You can easily do that by going into your Android smartphone’s Settings. From there, find the entry called System, and the About Phone section within. Even though this step is generic, some manufacturers (and some Android versions) don’t have the About Phone entry in the same place as others. You might need to look for it.

Within the About Phone, locate the Build number entry, and tap on it seven times. This will enable Developer Mode.

Step 2: Disable Animations

Go back to Settings. Once enabled, the Developer Options should be a new option within your Settings. Again, placement for this could be different. For instance, on an Essential PH-1, Developer Options are inside Settings, System, Advanced. It could be directly in your Settings menu, or you’ll need to look for it within the System menu.

Once you find it, go into Developer Options, and locate the Drawing section. This will contain the three entries that you are looking for: Window Animation Scale, Transition Animation Scale, and Animator Duration Scale.

These control all the visual animations and transitions that take place on your phone. Clicking on each of them brings up a menu which allows you to either disable, slow them down, or speed them up. Available options are off, .5x (which is half the time), 1x (which is normal), and all the other options which slow them down, increasing the time it takes to display them.

You can play with the settings to find and choose whichever option suits your needs. Remember, you can always come back and revert to default (which is 1x) should you not like the outcome.

There might be times when you want to completely disable them, in which case go for the Animation off option in all three categories, and you phone will seem a lot snappier.

The account login that is required every time an Android app needs to be updated is something that we could all do without, and Google seems to have reached the same conclusion. The tech giant has recently started testing a new auto-update feature for pre-installed apps on Android devices.

Conventionally, you have to update the pre-installed apps in order to access their latest versions by signing into the Google Play Store via your Google account and if you don’t do so, the apps won’t be updated. This new feature is going to change that.

Details associated with this new development have been shared by Google with some Play Store app developers. Since some apps do require the presence of a Google account in order to function properly, it is clear that not every app will have this feature. Therefore, Google has mentioned in its email to the app developers that they ensure that new releases of their apps can work even without Google account login.

It is worth noting that this is only applicable to apps that have already been loaded into Android devices. Users will still have to log in if they want to install or update new apps from the Play Store.

The email also stated that this feature will only work on Android API version 21 or later, which essentially means that any device with Android Jellybean or a more advanced version will be able to experience this feature.

Additionally, there will certainly be an option for users to disable the new feature, but that is not advisable considering the importance of security in Android apps. Ultimately, Google is aiming to further simplify and streamline the Android user experience. This also enables the tech giant to minimize costs associated with maintaining older versions of apps.

We all love smartphones but we have a special place in our hearts when get a great phone for a great bargain, but then if you consider your finances and go buy a super cheap phone then you might be in for a shock of your life as those cheap phones can turn out to be the most expensive thing you ever bought.

The thing about cheap smartphones is that corners have to be cut before the product hits the shelves at a sub GHC500-400 price tag. Production costs, shipping costs, marketing costs and others have to be factored in. The companies making them and those distributing them also have to take their cut.

I am going to take you through the corners device manufacturers take to give you that extremely cheap smartphone.

1. Processors

They are all Mediatek. End of story. Not that there is anything wrong about Mediatek chips but they happen to be the cheapest hence their prevalence of the smartphone entry level category. Qualcomm had an arrangement with quite a number of players that saw the American chip company provide reference design to the OEMs for budget devices. There are other players like troubled Broadcom which Samsung has a liking for in its cheap devices but they are not as prevalent.While Mediatek is making inroads it still has a lot of ground to cover.

2. Build Quality and Design

A lot of these cheap phones will have every piece falling apart in under a year. Ever been in a situation where your phone’s screen just cracked while in your pants pocket and there’s no possible explanation as to what actually happened? Then there is colour peeling off. Yes the device was gunmetal gray when you walked away from the shop with it but now it looks like some clay toy. Blame no one. You get what you pay for.

Traditional big name smartphone brands fair well here as their phones tend to be very durable no matter the price. They only miss the point when it comes to the design. Most of the cheap phones the likes of Samsung or Htc make aren’t what you’ll exactly call good-looking. They’re just there. Bland. White, black or cyan plastic pieces that can also call and take photos.

On the other hand, the no-name brand cheap smartphones from Nanjing and Shenzhen are quite the lookers. Well designed and appealing to the eye. However, your perception of them changes when that chromium-looking bezel starts turning black and some pixels on the display start burning out leaving you with huge black spots on your 5 inch display which look like potholes And here you thinking that potholes are only found on roads.

3. Sensors

Proximity sensors,Gyroscopes,Accelerometers those are probably the only sensors you’ll get on those cheap smartphones. Even some of those are missing on some of the cheap devices.  You want humidity and temperature sensors? A barometer? You need to spend more. No question about it.

4. Gorilla Glass

Corning’s Gorilla Glass is an industry standard. It adds an extra layer of protection to your smartphone’s display panel. It doesn’t come cheap and as a result, you won’t find it on those cheap smartphones. Ever!

5. Display

Washed up displays are pretty much a feature of dirt cheap smartphones. The resolution is neither here nor there. I really admire the fact that we have some budget smartphones that pack HD displays. Like the Infinix Zero 5.

Want a decent display? Add a few bucks and buy a mid-range device like the Tecno Phantom 8 And Infinix Zero 5.

6. Camera

If you need a smartphone with a good camera then be prepared to spend. More often than not, I get enquiries from friends and even strangers who happen to know me by virtue of writing pieces like this.

“Techlifee, which phone has a good camera at GHC 400 or below?” “I want a nice phone that has a very good camera. My budget is GHC 300.” Most of the time, this is usually my reaction:

Seriously speaking, there are no cheap android devices at that GHC400 price point capable of taking really awesome instagram like photos with just one attempt. I guess guys who struggle to get good instagram or facebook shots on such devices give up halfway and end up being the ones stealing the amazing works of dedicated and hardworking professional photographers and other hobbyist shutterbugs on Instagram.

There are several decent new Tecno and Infinix devices just a few cedis up  that will still do some great justice to your photo shoot and not make it look like combination of dumsor and a flood.

7. Battery

While things like how a smartphone performs and at what level have a direct bearing on a smartphone’s battery life, the capacity matters. Most cheap smartphones have a battery capacity as low as 1500 mAh but advertised as 3500mAh or 4500mAh. There are exceptions to this “rule” like the Infinix Note series and some Tecno devices.

8. Operating system and updates

If you buy a smartphone at just GHC 500 full price then don’t expect anything else regarding the operating system after that. Updates? What updates? You’re stuck with the Android 6.0,7.0 if you are lucky 8.0 that your cheap phone shipped with. Even hitting the forums like XDA won’t be of great help. Your Mediatek processor hardly has any developer love thanks to proprietary sources and there are no ROMs for you to flash and remove all the cartoon stuff somebody thought would be of great help to you.

The best thing about this part is that most buyers of cheap smartphones are oblivious of such facts and appreciate their devices for what they are which is a good thing because if you want more, you have no choice but to spend more. Else every time you need to update your cheap smartphone there is only one alternative: buy the newest no-name smartphone that already comes with the new version of Android. Then do the same next time. And the time after that. It’s a never-ending cycle!

Updates are one of the reasons Google is pushing Android One. How I wish it really gets aggressive and guides all the no-name brands in the market. It would be a win-win for all of us.

9. After-sales service

You’re unlikely to get any software updates on your X-TIGI,VIWA,HOTWAV,M-NET  smartphone but what about the warranty terms? Most of the time you’re on your own if you buy these  cheap  smartphones. More mature brands like Samsung,Infinix, Huawei and Tecno have established structures to assist you incase you have issues after you buy your smartphone and you can as well walk into any of their shops or care centres for assistance. Also depending on where you bought the phone, the retailer may be of great assistance.

While it is expected that a budget smartphone will definitely cut corners, after-sales service is very important. Make sure that GHC300 smartphone you’re buying has a valid locally-enforceable warranty. A warranty whose terms can only be honoured in Dubai is of little help to you.

10. RAM and ROM

In the cheap smartphone category, established brands tend to overprice their entry level smartphones and going overboard with their corner cutting. Seriously, we shouldn’t be having those 512 MB RAM  and 1GB RAM devices from respected brands. With Android being Android, what do you want your customers to do with that 512 MB and 1GB RAM? Sketch doodles all day long or play Zuma? I am actually glad that Google has introduced AndroidGO and  is making it possible to get a decent working cheap smartphone which will work well Previously, that has been unheard of.

Sometimes, if not all the times, as you have been told before, cheap is very expensive.

Everyone who knows me or has spoken to me knows i am an android fan boy and i love android to the max. I talk with a lot of people about mobile technology and I read a lot of comments. A common thread that comes up when people learn that I am Android fanboy is the sentiment that “Android is laggy”. So i am going to try set the record straight: Android isn’t laggy — but your phone or tablet may be.

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Android itself is plenty snappy so basically the problem isn’t with the operating system, but Android does things a bit differently than other mobile operating systems. Android runs tasks all the time, no much unlike most modern desktop computers. The more tasks you’re running, the slower your entire system gets. User interaction tasks, like key presses and mouse clicks, have to get in line just like every other task. Most of the time this approach works great, but sometimes things can get bogged down. When you run a lot of apps with a lot of tasks, lines can get long.

Perception of speed

Here is a little scenario as to how Android works;

Think of you shopping at the mall during a huge shopping day. Lines are long — ridiculously long. It doesn’t matter how smooth the checkout process is, or how friendly the people in line with you are, you’re going to be there a while — just like everyone else.

If someone has a HUGE basket, or they have problems with their payment, or the system can’t find one of the products they’re trying to purchase, that line backs up. People have to either wait, or change to other lines so they can keep moving. That’s the way your desktop and laptop computer work, and it’s pretty much the same for Android. The solution? Open more lanes and optimize the process, right?

Apple’s iOS is different, it puts its emphasis on the user interface above everything else. Essentially, any interaction by the user causes every other task to stop and wait for the user interaction to complete. In our shopping analogy, it would be like walking into the store and every employee stops what they’re doing to focus completely on you. That sounds wonderful, as long as you’re the one who gets all the attention. Everyone else hates you.  This gives the impression of a smooth and fluid experience, but tasks actually take longer to complete under this model than under the model that Android uses.

Hardware

As long as your Android-powered device has sufficient hardware you should be fine. A 1.2GHz dual-core processor (or above), a GIG of RAM (or more), and ample storage space should be plenty to keep your experience satisfactory. There are, however, two problems with this statement.

First, apps are continually changing. They’re getting new features which take more time to process. The hardware that ran all your apps quickly and efficiently with the previous version of all your apps may struggle to run the versions that were just released, not to mention updates that will arrive sometime in the future. This obviously will make my previous statement obsolete and out-of-date sooner than we’d all like to admit.

Second, not all versions of Android are created equal. There are two categories of Android: those that are AOSP-based, and those that are heavily customized by the OEM. HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Infinix,Tecno 3and others take “Android” and modify it — some more than others.

These custom layers can add additional features and functionality, but they come at a cost. Often times that cost is lag. The perfect case-in-point are the Pixel and nexus devices compared to their OEM equivalents. Because these phones are so high-end, the difference in speed (and lag) may be hard to notice, but it’s there if you look closely enough. Those who own the devices powered by stock Android say they’re faster and less laggy than those directly from HTC or Samsung. From my experience, I concur.

Insufficient hardware

It may seem obvious, but the opposite of “sufficient hardware” is “insufficient hardware”. Devices that fall into this category give every other Android-powered device a black-eye. People will see that a smartphone or tablet runs Android, look at an impossibly low price, then impulse buy it — without checking specs or user reviews. Sure, it might perform okay out of the box, but as apps are added or updated, it gets slower and slower until it’s almost unbearable to use.

These devices are cheap — and they’re usually inexpensive, too. Yes, there is a difference. I’m of the opinion that cheap hardware is usually far too expensive when you factor in all the variables.

This is probably Android’s biggest strength, too. Anyone can build a device powered by Android, even if it’s grotesquely under-powered. That’s why Android is currently selling on three out of every four handsets.

Android Go to the rescue?

Google’s Android Go is an extremely light version of the Android operating system based on the Android Oreo, and it is tailor-made for super budget smartphones.

This edition of android is designed to run very light, such that even devices running on 1GB of RAM, which would ordinarily be disastrous in terms of speed, feel fluid.

Google manages to do this by stripping down unnecessary Apps and as a result, the entire operating system takes up less than 2GBs of internal memory on a device. This would ordinarily take up close to, or even more than, 10GBs on devices running a conventional Android operating systems.

Android Go thereby is lowering the memory footprint of the OS and core apps. Doing so should help low-end devices run apps more fluidly and will help to combat the perception of “lag” that so many complain about.

Why is iOS immune?

In addition to the “perception” of speed that we talked about earlier, iOS has one major advantage over Android: Apple controls the hardware.

Think about it, Apple makes every single iPhone and iPad on the market. It controls the version of iOS that runs on each unit, and tweaks the apps and the user experience to take advantage of the hardware powering each device. This means some devices don’t get the features that an OS updates touts, and others get a watered down implementation of the new features.

Google doesn’t have that luxury with Android; OEMs can do as they please.

Android isn’t laggy

Despite what the naysayers say, Android itself isn’t laggy. OEMs who make cheap and under-powered devices are laggy, but those devices would be laggy regardless of which OS they ran.

OEMs (with otherwise sufficiently spec’d devices) that load bloated skins and launchers inadvertently make their devices feel slow and laggy.

Next time someone tells you that “Android is laggy”, point them to this article, and politely tell them that some OEMs deliberately or accidentally “lag up” Android, and you’d gladly help them select a smartphone or tablet that will shame them.

 

Hacking is no longer restricted to computers, but has moved to smartphones. Besides getting access to your private information and location, a hacker can also easily get access to your email, social media and bank accounts on your smartphone.

While most people aren’t targets of the government, hackers are always on the hunt to steal financial and personal information of the common man. For instance, your email account on the smartphone, paves way for the hacker to reset your banking and other sensitive passwords.

In this article, we have compiled a list of  methods that you can use to keep yourselves safe from hackers and government backed attacks.

1. Keep your smartphone up to date

Always install software updates as soon as they become available on your smartphone, as these updates are known to contain fixes for flaws that might give hackers a way into your device. The same is also applicable for apps. Keep them updated to ensure that bugs and flaws are not exploited.

2. Lock your smartphone with a passcode

This method along with an accompanying self-destruct feature that might wipe a phone’s data after too many wrong guesses can help you keep your device safe if/ falls in the wrong hands. Make guessing your password difficult for others with the use of six digits passcode rather than a four-digit passcode. To make it even more difficult, use a combination of letters and other characters in your password to further increase the number of possible combinations.

3. Avoid connecting your smartphone to free or public Wi-Fi networks as much as possible

Who doesn’t love free Wi-Fi? But everything free comes with its own set of risks. Using free Wi-Fi at public places for checking your bank accounts and emails on your smartphone could be risky as it may expose your smartphone to hackers looking to get sneak in. Hence, it is important to limit your activities on your smartphone while you are using free public Wi-Fi.

4. Always keep your Bluetooth off when in public

Many of us forget to switch off the Bluetooth on our smartphone after using it. This could prove to be a culprit for hacking. So, always make sure to switch off the Bluetooth on your device when you’re not using it.

5. Be prepared to track your smartphone

It is always better to plan things in advance before any adverse situation occurs. In this case, we are talking about keeping your data safe in the event your device is stolen.

Use the “find my device” services offered by both Apple and Google that assists in locating your smartphone on a map, and remotely lock or erase it. For Apple users, this is accessed through the iCloud website – you can check it’s enabled on the phone in Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone. While there isn’t anything comparable built into Android phones, but Google’s Android Device Manager App, along with a handful of others made by third parties, can be downloaded for free from the Google Play app store.

6. Only Buy or Install Apps from First Party Vendors like Apple or Google

A third-party app from a non-secure site is likely to carry Trojans and backdoors and embedded malware or malicious software that might corrupt the operating system, while also stealing personal data. In order to stay secure, only buy or install apps from first party vendors like Apple or Google. Also, be cautious about suspicious permissions requested by apps such as those to make phone calls, connect to the Internet or disclosing of personal information to third parties.

7. Ensure online services are locked

While auto-login can be considered as a useful feature for typing password, it also makes your smartphone an easy target for a hacker to easily open your browser and gain access to all your online accounts. Preferably, avoid using auto-login features on your smartphone and instead use a password manager app that requires to regularly re-enter a master password. Also, try avoid using the same password for more than one app or service, as if this password gets hacked, this could be used to gain access to all your other private information. This is also applicable for secure smartphones as hackers break into online services on a regular basis to steal user credentials, which they later use to try out on other sites.

8. Lock individual apps

If you have a lot of apps that you’re constantly logged into, then it would be best if you lock those apps. While this capability isn’t built into the OS, there are many free apps such as AVG AntiVirus Free that provide it. In case of iOS users, they cannot directly lock individual apps, and would need an app to do so. You can check out ‘Folder Lock’, which is a free app available on the App Store that lets you password-protect your personal files, photos, videos, documents, contacts, wallet cards, notes and audio recordings.

9. Be aware of things happening in the background

Many a times, when we download a file from an email or install an app from a website, we are not aware of things that happen behind the scenes in spite of however trustworthy these sources may be. As an additional security measure on your smartphone for online activities, you can install ‘LogDog’ – a security app available for both Android and iOS. All you need to do is you give it permission to log in on your behalf to the accounts that you wish to monitor such as Facebook, Dropbox, Gmail, Evernote, Yahoo!, and Twitter. It will continuously monitor those accounts via their own respective activity logs for anything suspicious and will notify you immediately of any events that suggest tampering.

10. Review apps installed on your smartphone

It is a good practice to review all the apps installed on your smartphone regularly. Even though you may have been downloaded the apps from a trustworthy source, the subsequent updates could have turned them into something more evil.

iOS users can check what permission the apps installed on the smartphone are using by going to Settings > Privacy and get all the required information. However, Android users will need to take help of security apps to get an overview of which apps have which permissions. Users can use free packages from Avast and McAfee that alert them while installing a malicious app or issue a warning at the time of a phishing attack.

At some point of time, every one of us comes across the perennial problem of “insufficient storage available” or “Memory Full” message while trying to take new pictures, or save files, videos or songs on an Android smartphone. Also, not all Android phones come with a dedicated slot for SD card, that can be used to store files and media that won’t fit on your device’s in-built storage. As a result, it is more difficult to make free storage space for your photos, videos, and music.

In addition, things like cache and app data slowly build up as you use your device, which in turn decreases the available storage capacity on your device over a period of time. No matter how much ever storage space you have on your Android smartphone (internal memory or SD card + internal memory), you will always be pressed for more space.

In this article, we are going to provide simple tips that you can use to clear the space on your Android smartphone.

1) Clear cache and data

Many Android apps use stored or cached data to give you a better user experience. Cached (temporary data that helps the app work faster) files are little bits of data stored by apps every time you use them, which however, over a period of time collect an alarming amount of cached data. So, if you’re looking for a way to save some space, clearing out these old files is a good start.

Go to Settings > Storage > Apps and you will see two options for each one – Clear Data and Clear Cache, together with details of how much space is currently being used. Select them to clear cached data for all apps.

Please note that clearing the cache and data is a temporary solution, as it will build back up over time as you continue to use your device. It is advisable to come back to clear cache data from time to time to keep this build up under control. Some apps also offer the option to set cache size, so that they take up less space. Alternatively, you can clear the cache for all apps at once, if you like. In most Android devices, you can find the option under Settings > Storage > Cached data.

2) Move apps to microSD card

If your phone offers the microSD card option, and you are low on storage, make full use of the adoptable storage option to expand the storage space available on your device for storing photos, video and other files and you can do this by transferring some of your storage-sucking apps to that microSD card. However, only a part of the app will be moved to the microSD card.

If you have an SD Card, which content you can move onto it depends on which version of Android you are running. If you have Android 6.0 or later, you can format your SD Card as internal storage. To do so, plug it in and wait for a notification to pop up.Choose Setup, and then tap Use as internal storage. With an existing card, go to Settings > Storage & USB, and then choose your card. Tap the menu button in the top-right corner, and hit Format as internal. Make sure you’ve backed up all the data before formatting your SD Card.

3) Delete old downloads

There is a central Download folder in Android which stores all downloaded files, starting from images to zip files, and video that you would have accumulated from your time on the Internet. In some phones, you may find downloaded data may be stored in ‘ My Files ‘, file manager or similar.

To delete such files, go to the app drawer. Tap Downloads. Then, long-press the unwanted file to select it, and tap any other files along with it that you no longer need. When you are done with your selections, hit the delete icon to erase the downloaded files. Clearing these old downloaded files will make more room for internal storage.

4) Clear Play Music’s Cache

Please note that Play Music caches the songs that you play. To free up space periodically, go to the app’s settings, then tap Clear Cache.

5) Use Google Photos

Google Photos lets you back up an unlimited number of high-quality photos up to 16 megapixels for photos and full-HD for videos. In other words, you can back up every single photo you take with your Android phone directly to Google Photos. However, any photos backed up at the original size will count against your Google Drive storage limit (15GB for most users). Once your photos are backed up, you can delete them from your device to free up space.

To take advantage of free cloud storage space, you need to have Google Photos’ Back up & sync feature turned on. To do this, open the Google Photos app and go to Settings > Back up & sync and turn it on. Once your photos are backed up using Google Photos, you can go to Settings > Free up device storage. This will remove all photos and videos that have been backed up from your device. This method allows you to access all of your photos through the Photos app, regardless of whether they are stored locally or in the cloud.

6) Scan your device

Scanning the device will help you to find out which apps or games are occupying more space. You can use DiskUsage or Storage Analyzer apps that can scan your file system and visualise it for easy understanding. Accordingly, you can uninstall the particular app or game and make room for more space.

7) Cloud storage for documents

While Google Photos does a great job of backing up pictures and videos, other apps, like Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive also do a similar job for you, by syncing images and video clips to the web automatically so that you can delete the originals. You can use these to store all documents that contain huge data in the cloud.

8) Install ‘lite’ apps

Some developers make two variants of apps, one the normal app, and the other is the ‘Lite’ app. ‘Lite’ app consumes less space as well as internet. Some of the biggest and popular apps, such as Facebook, Messenger, YouTube, and Opera have ‘lite’ variants. Moving to these would help to save up on storage space.

Android Go – or, by its full name, Android Oreo: Go Edition – is a laudable initiative coming from Google. It is an operating system that has all the security features of the fully-fledged Android Oreo but with a much smaller storage footprint and much less memory consumed, making it capable of running on entry-level hardware. The minimum specs for Android Go are 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. And this translates to much cheaper phones released by established manufacturers that will come with high-speed broadband to make it easier and safer for you to create a Betway mobile online sports account, and benefit of better quality post-sales services in the years to come. Here are some of the most promising Android Go phones announced (or even released) this year.
Nokia 1
HMD Global announced the Nokia 1 handset back in February and released it in April. The phone is built in a way similar to one of the most resistant Nokia smartphones ever, the Lumia 620 – it is put in a plastic shell that makes it tougher than the average. The phone is equipped with a quad-core MediaTek MT6737M SoC running at 1.1GHz, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, a 5MP main camera, a 2100mAh battery, and has a 4.5″ IPS LCD screen.
Without a contract, the phone costs about $115 but it will surely be available at various mobile carriers at a heavily discounted price. It makes a perfect first smartphone for anyone.
Blackview A20
A20, the first Android Go smartphone released by Hong Kong-based manufacturer Blackview, is the textbook definition of an affordable handset. It comes with a MediaTek MTK6580 Quad Core 1.3GHz SoC, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, a dual rear camera, a 5.5″ IPS LCD screen, a 3,000mAh battery pack, and running Android Go. The phone can be ordered from Gearbest for a very friendly price tag – it costs just $59.99.
Samsung, Huawei, others
Many manufacturers are preparing to launch their Android Go phones this year. Among them, giants like Samsung, rumored to prepare for the launch of its first Android Go phone called the J2 Core, Huawei, that announced that it prepares its own take on the affordable phone market, Chinese phone maker ZTE that announced the Tempo Go earlier this year, and Alcatel, the French smartphone maker that plans to take its Android Go phone 1X to the US market and beyond. And there are many less-known manufacturers, like Micromax, General Mobile, and Lava International that also plan to release their own lightweight and low-priced models later in the year.

Google announced a lineup of low-cost, low-spec phones called Android One in 2014. In 2017, they announced Android Go, specifically designed for low-cost, low-spec phones. So…what’s the difference?

What Exactly Is Android One?

Android One is a hardware spec designed for emerging markets by Google. Low-cost, low-spec hardware is the very heart of Android One.

But it’s not just simply hardware—there’s also a specific set of “rules” in place for Android One’s key ideas. Google wants three things for Android One handsets:

  • Unmodified, stock Android: Any manufacturer that wanted to release a handset as part of the Android One program couldn’t modify the operating system with things like custom skins.
  • Regular security updates: Any manufacturer building a handset for Android One had to commit to regular security updates.
  • Strict hardware requirements: Google essentially specific a maximum hardware spec for Android One handsets, and manufacturers have to go with that.

Basically, Google wants control with Android One—everything from the hardware to software updates are set by the company, and manufacturers just have to agree. Think of it as a sort of low-cost Pixel or Nexus.

While Android One was originally released with the intention of bringing usable, affordable mobile devices to third-world countries and other emerging markets, we’ve recently started to see a shift in this idea as One devices become available in other parts of the world.

So What’s Android Go?

Android Go, on the other hand, is purely defined in the software experience. It’s essentially a custom version of Android Oreo designed to run on hardware with as little as half a gigabyte of RAM, with three key points defining what Go is all about:

  • A “custom” operating system: It’s still Android Oreo, but it’s somewhat modified for lower-end hardware.
  • A specific set of apps built for Go: Google released a slew of “Go” apps for limited hardware, including YouTube Go, Files Go, and more.
  • A curated Play Store: The Play Store on Android Go isn’t technically different from the Play Store on other Android devices, but it does highlight apps that will work best on limited hardware—like Facebook Lite.

Since Android Go is designed for low-spec, low-cost hardware, it also features improved data management tools—both for internal storage and mobile data. Android Go is nearly half the size of “stock” Android, leaving more room available on as little as eight gigabytes of internal storage. Similarly, Go apps are have 50 percent of the size of their full-size counterparts.

So, to put it plainly: Android One is a line of phones—hardware, defined and managed by Google—and Android Go is pure software that can run on any hardware. There aren’t specific hardware requirements on Go like on One, though the former is designed explicitly for lower-end hardware.

If a manufacturer plans on releasing a budget handset, Google really wants them to do so using Android Go as its operating system. That’s what it’s designed for. Go really seems to be picking up the torch that was originally designed for Android One—it seems to be a mobile OS designed for emerging markets and third-world countries.

That said, it’s never explicitly stated that Go is designed for emerging markets (just “low-end devices”), but this seems to be heavily suggested. Most of the Go apps—like YouTube Go and Google Go—are geo-restricted.

It’s also unclear whether or not Android One handsets will eventually run Android Go—it really makes sense that they should…but this is Google we’re talking about here. Sometimes “because it makes sense” isn’t a reason to do something, so who knows.

Budget phone like Tecno ,Infinix should start using Android Go on their entry levels as it is software based and can run on any hardware available without lag and will also prefer them to us Android One instead of the complete android os which sometimes creates problems for their flagships.