While Google earlier announced apps like Google Maps Go and Gmail go to be optimised for Android Go devices, the firm had not yet made Android Go Images available for app developers to test their apps in Android Studio.
A Google developer advised developers that they "are in the process of providing an official Android Go image" For developers who needed to test an Android Go optimised app, they were advised to," create an image on an older API level (say, 19) and set the RAM size to 512 MB and low JVM heap size", which would simulate the limitations of Android Go, albeit not perfectly.
Android Go is Google's initiative to handle low-end smartphones, starting with Android Oreo. The firm has often found devices running its software plagued with poor performance, poor quality hardware, and low internal storage space with ever-ballooning apps.
Google has created a cut-down version of Android with cutting down versions of it default apps like Gmail and YouTube, managing to preserve storage space, and even adding apps like Files Go to replace traditional cloud storage apps for quick transfers.
Android Go is already available on phones like the Nokia 1 and will debut on more phones as the year goes on.
While early impressions have ranged from good to ok. Android Go is just one in a long line of efforts to get Android to work very well on the low-end. With Android One graduating to the high-end, and Android go replacing it at the bottom end, Google's quest to make low-end smartphones better continues.