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New devices with 2GB of RAM or less must run Android Go, according to leaked documents

There are a plethora of cheap, low-power phones (and some tablets) out there running Android Go, a specialized version of Android tailored to weaker hardware. Its use is not mandatory, though, so there are also plenty of devices that can feel less optimized and might shine a bad light on Android as a whole for those who have never owned another phone with the OS. It looks like Google wants to change that, as a leaked document shows that starting with Android 11, any device with less than 2GB of RAM wishing to ship with Google software must use the easily updatable, low-power Android Go version.

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Android 10 (Go Edition) comes to the entry-level Nokia 1

Released back in 2018 for the low, low price of just $85, the Nokia 1 has been one of the most affordable Android options on the market. In our review, we found that it maybe made a bit too many compromises to reach that price point, but one area that Nokia didn't compromise on is software updates. Despite being a sub-$100 phone from over two years ago, the Nokia 1 is now receiving an upgrade to Android 10.

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YouTube Go reaches 500 million installs, Google Classroom passes 100 million

Android Auto recently passed 500 million installs on the Play Store, possibly thanks to its inclusion on most phones shipping with Android 10, and now two more Google-made applications have passed significant milestones.

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Google launches Camera Go app as Android Go usership hits 100 million active devices

Hot on the heels of the Nokia event that brought us the new Android Go-equipped Nokia 1.3, Google has taken the opportunity to talk about the new Camera Go pre-installed on that phone. Similar to other Go apps, it has been created with low-end hardware in mind while retaining some of the features that make Google's image processing so great.

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(Update: Maps Go Navigation too) Google Go and Maps Go reach 100 million Play Store installs, hinting at decent Android Go sales

We've only reported Google Go's 10 million download numbers last September, and today, the app has reached another milestone: it now boasts 100 million installs on the Play Store. Since it's pre-installed on all Android Go phones, this might indicate that Android Go is quite a successful endeavor for Google, as this would suggest that the amount of newly activated Go devices skyrocketed over the past half year.

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Android 10 Go edition promises fast encryption, faster multi-tasking

The tech sector loves to talk about how the next billion smartphone users will come online. Google has backed one option, the feature phone-based KaiOS, as well as putting work into a modified version of its platform, Android Go edition. The company has been able to claim success with Go as over 80% of entry-level Android phone purchases in the last 18 months. Now, Google has given Android 10 its own Go edition, hoping to capitalize on recent performance improvements, feature additions, and size savings to its apps.

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Video shows Nokia feature phone running Android 8.1

The race to smarten up a billion phones in rural, developing regions has seen some significant progress so far, most of it coming from KaiOS and Google's massive eight-digit backing into the voice-forward flip phone software suite. Recent rumors, though, have put Android as an double-blind alternative for feature phones. Now, we have our first moving vision of said concept.

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[Update: Launched in India for $65] Xiaomi's first Android Go phone is the Redmi Go, will reportedly cost under $90

If you're not familiar with it, Android Go is a lightweight version of Android designed for phones with 1GB of RAM (or less). A few manufacturers have already made Go devices, including Alcatel and Asus, but now Xiaomi is entering the game with its 'Redmi Go.'

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Google Assistant actions coming to Android Go and KaiOS

Last year, Google invested $22 million in KaiOS Technologies Inc, a company best known for its KaiOS feature phone operating system. Google Assistant was already available for KaiOS, but now support for actions is on the way. Android Go, the lightweight version of Android that hasn't quite won our hearts, is also joining in on the fun.

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Nokia 2 V available today on Verizon for $70

Coming as no surprise, Verizon quietly launched the Nokia 2 V today. We've heard about this already, and even saw the kernel source code released. More importantly, however, you can pick up this little phone for just $69.99 from Big Red. 

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