Android Go is a special version of Android 8.1 Oreo. It is running on low end Phones. It consists of a series of build configurations. Optimized applications that allow for owners of newer budget devices to enjoy features in the Android Oreo framework.
Without spending more on a mid-range or flagship device. We previously outlined how older low-end devices running a custom Android 8.1 Oreo ROM might be able to take Advantage of Android go.
How to do it
What you do is, you flash a zip file into your Android. To make alot of optimizations a single tweak is needed. Its designed to Prevent OTA flashes. Please note that if you have a flagship level device, you will not benefit from converting to an Android Go version of Android.
To make the switch to it, simply flash the zip file in the thread linked below. To uninstall it, flash it again. These include many UI changes. Including a flat recent menu and other changes like
- high-end graphics disabled
- multi-window disabled
- notification icon changes
- log sizes
- no app notification access
- zen access
- VR listener access
- picture-in-picture access
If you’re willing to sacrifice this functionality to have a smoother experience on your lower-end Android phone running Android 8.1 Oreo.
The target system is Oreo, but the low-ram property was introduced since Android KitKat 4.4,therefore it should work on other versions, unless the ROM developers did not validate the low-RAM UI changes (recent apps UI mostly) against the additions they made.
Users just need to flash the patcher to enable or disable the low-ram property on their system,
and to ensure the future ROM upgrades will retain this choice, just like GApps thanks to backuptool.
Developers should get less requests to compile with or without Go just because one user
wants to have a feature (multitasking for example) re-enabled or to force low-ram changes.