In developing economies where iPhones are impossibly pricey, Android is even more of a force than it is in the rest of the world. But making the software run well on a device that isn't lavishly equipped is tough—and consumers often must be super-cautious about how much data they consume.
Enter Android Go, a new version arriving next year and based on the new Android O. Replacing the previous Android One, it's designed to allow hardware makers to build low-cost phones that work well and don't gorge on data:
• The OS is optimized for devices without much RAM, down to 512MB
• Its settings highlight features for managing data, which helps you use less of it
• Chrome comes with a data-saving mode turned on by default
• The OS comes with YouTube Go, a special version for areas where wireless data is pricey and/or slow, with features such as the ability to preview videos and download them for offline viewing