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Google LLC today launched a new round-number release of Android Go, the version of its mobile operating system targeted at low-powered handsets, with big performance improvements and expanded privacy controls.
Android Go is an important part of the search giant’s strategy to grow its mobile installed base. The operating system was launched in 2018 and has already shipped with more than 100 million entry-level devices worldwide, according to the search giant.
Android 11 Go, the new release announces today, launches apps 20% faster than before. That’s partly the result of an increase in the amount of device memory the operating system can work with. Google has boosted the maximum amount of RAM handset makers may include in an Android Go device from 1.5 gigabytes to 2 gigabytes, extra capacity that apps can draw on to speed up the initial loading process.
The other benefit of the RAM increase is that more apps can run in the background at once. Up to four additional background services are supported, according to Google.
Privacy was another focus for the search giant when developing Android 11 Go. It has brought over a privacy feature called one-time permissions from the new version of standard Android, Android 11, which also launched this …
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