Google has announced the release of Android 12 GB Edition in 2022, which will bring new features, better privacy controls, better battery life and more for ultra-budget smartphones.
The announcement came via Google’s official blog on December 14, 2021. Android Go is a stripped down version of the Android operating system. It is designed and used for low-end and entry-level smartphones. Google introduced Go Edition in 2017 for Android Oreo.
Since then, it powers over 200 million smartphones with 2 GB of RAM or less to access the best Android experience. Recently, Google unveiled Android 12 for the Pixel line. Now they have announced the Go edition of the latest version of the Android operating system.
Find out all about the Android 12GB edition here. Find out what new features Google has added and what improvements it will bring.
Android 12 GB edition release date
The Android 12 Go Edition announcement took place on December 14, 2021. The blog post unveiled a closer look at the Go Edition for Android 12, which is expected to power low-end and ultra-budget smartphones. However, there was no mention of the specific release date.
The only thing we know at the moment is that it will arrive sometime in 2022. Google is expected to have a digital presence at CES 2022 in the first week of January. We can expect more details on the Android 12GB release at the event.
Android 12 Go Edition: new features and improvements
The release of Android 12 (Go Edition) will bring a faster, smarter and more privacy-friendly experience to the budget smartphone class. There are many new features and improvements that will help Android achieve this experience.
Google is also making sure phones become more accessible by improving features for multilingual users, and also introducing new ones while carefully considering data costs.
Faster app launchers with the SplashScreen API
The new Android 12 GB will allow apps to launch up to 30% faster and with smoother animation. Currently, apps take a bit of a lag when launching on low-end devices, but Android 12 will fix this and they’ll open instantly.
Google is also introducing the SplashScreen API which helps all developers provide a smooth and fast experience when users launch apps. So, no more empty screens.
Longer battery life thanks to application hibernation
Android 12 GB will automatically save the battery life of your Android device. For this, it will hibernate applications that are not used for long periods of time. This greatly extends the battery life and it will last longer.
Saves storage and manages files hassle-free
The app’s hibernation feature also saves storage space, especially on devices with very limited storage capacity. Google is also rolling out an updated Files Go app that will let you manage files without any hassle.
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Files Go will also allow you to recover files within 30 days of deletion. This way, you can delete any file without worrying about losing it permanently.
Improved and increased privacy control
One of the most important improvements in Android 12 GB is the privacy control. It will provide more transparency around which apps access your data, and more controls to determine how much private information your apps have access to.
Google is introducing a new privacy dashboard to do this. You can see a snapshot of applications that are accessing specific types of sensitive data. You can also revoke permissions from there if you want.
Plus, a new privacy indicator on your status bar will let you know when your apps are accessing, especially when accessing your mic or camera. You can also restrict apps to only seeing your approximate location instead of a specific location.
Easily share apps to save data costs
Data charges are expensive, and downloading apps often adds extra. However, the apps are an integral part and you can’t miss them either. To solve this problem, Android 12 GB has made it easier to share apps between devices. You can directly share apps with nearby devices using Nearby Share and Google Play.
Share the device without worrying about privacy
With Android 12GB, you can share your device with your friends, family or anyone else without worrying about your privacy. Your device will provide a streamlined guest user experience by making profiles available directly on the lock screen.
You can easily switch to a guest profile by handing your device over to someone else. When you get it back, just reset it once.
Listen and translate from the recent app screen
The new Android 12 GB will also make it easier to understand the content on your screen. You can go to your recent apps screen to find two new features: listen and translate.
Tapping Listen will allow you to listen to the news while tapping Translate will help you translate any content available on the screen into your preferred language.
These are all the new features, improvements and innovations that Android 12 (Go Edition) will bring. This will definitely make using affordable phones a smooth and worry-free task.
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