Google has unveiled Android 13 Go. The operating system has been modified to work on low-cost devices with up to 3GB of RAM.

The search and technology powerhouse first released the Go edition with Android Oreo (8.1) in 2017, and it has since released a version for low-cost handsets on a regular basis. Android 13 Go, like the previous Go versions, is a pared-down version of the operating system that retains only the essential apps while removing everything else.


Google’s own products, such as Gmail and Chrome, have been optimized for Go to use fewer resources. “When we launched Android (Go edition) five years ago, we adapted our core mobile platform to run low-cost phones with limited memory and storage,” stated Charmaine D’Silva, Google’s Director of Product Management, in a blog post.

According to Google, Android Go powers over 250 million monthly active devices, with around 180 million of those accounts registering in the last year.

With Android 13 Go, Google also promises instant software updates, removing the need to “wait for the next version or a software push from your phone’s manufacturer to enjoy the latest and greatest.”

The company will also retain its Material You design language for the Go edition, as well as changeable color combinations based on the wallpaper. Some of the most important features of Android 13, such as Notification Permissions and App Language Selection, will be carried over.

According to Google, new Android 13 Go devices will be launched in 2023.  In September, Google quietly raised the minimum RAM size requirement for handsets launching or updating to Android 13 to 2GB.

The company is also developing local forks of Android Go in order to deliver a more personalized user experience. Last year, the company teamed up with Indian telecom giant Jio to create the JioPhone Next, an $87 phone that runs a forked version of Android Go.

Android 13 was revealed in a blog post on February 10, 2022, and the first Developer Preview for the Google Pixel series was shortly released (from Pixel 4 to Pixel 6, dropping support for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a). It was released four months after Android 12’s stable version. Later, in March, Developer Preview 2 was released. Beta 1 was launched on April 26, 2022.

Google I/O 2022 saw the release of beta 2 on May 11, 2022. Two more beta versions were planned for June and July. In June, Beta 3 introduced platform stability. The final rollout of Android 13 began on August 15, with the upgrade becoming accessible to Pixel phones and being released to the Android Open Source Project.

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