At the end of October, Android 12 began to reach the first devices. But now Google has announced officially Android 12 Go, the version of the operating system aimed at entry or low-end phones that will arrive in 2022.
According to the company, the goal has been “to create a faster, smarter and more privacy-friendly experience than ever,” as well as improving features for multilingual users and adding features that consider mobile data costs. But specifically, what will this operating system be like? What will the new functions allow you to do? Here we tell you what you can do with Android 12 Go.
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First, with Android 12 Go, applications will start up to 30 percent faster and with a smoother animation, so they will open instantly and you will not see a blank loading screen.
On the other hand, Google created the SplashScreen API, which enables a new startup animation for all apps when running on a device with Android 12 or 12 Go. With this API all application developers can deliver a seamless experience when users launch them.
The new version of Android Go will be able to automatically save battery life and storage. To do this, the operating system will hibernate applications that have not been used for long periods, which is quite useful for devices with little storage capacity. The cell phone will notify you when unused applications are hibernating.
Also, the Files Go application will allow you to recover files within 30 days. So, if you need to free up space on your cell phone, you can delete the documents, images, videos and audios that you consider unnecessary for a while and then restore the files you want back.
A very important part of cell phones has to do with applications, however, downloading them can mean additional charges for mobile data. Google knows that, that’s why with Android 12 Go, you can share applications directly with other nearby devices using the Nearby Share tools (which uses Bluetooth and your location) and Google Play.
Google wants to make it easier to understand the content you see or hear on your device, for that reason, it has added a function that will make it easier to translate articles. When you are browsing the screen of your recent applications, you will have the options to “Listen” or “Translate” whatever content you have on the screen in the language you want.
With Android 12 Go you will no longer have to worry about your privacy when sharing your device with someone else, since the new operating system will allow you to select a guest profile directly on the lock screen. That way, before lending your cell phone to your friends or family, you can switch to Guest Mode easily and quickly. Then, once you have it back in your hands, you can reset the phone and leave it with your profile again from the lock screen.
According to Google, Android 12 Go will give you more transparency about the applications that access your data and more controls to decide how much private information they can access.
That is why the operating system will include a new privacy panel, which will show you the applications that are accessing particular types of confidential data, such as the microphone, and will revoke the permissions if necessary. In addition, there will be a new privacy indicator in your status bar that will alert you when your applications are specifically accessing your microphone or camera.
Also, Android 12 Go will give you more control over the amount of information you share with applications. With the new permissions, you will be able to limit the applications so that they only see your approximate location. For example, if you limit your weather app to your approximate location, you will still get the forecast for an accurate location.