Google has finally announced Android 13 (Go Edition) two months after release of Android 13 and the new variant of the operating system is specifically designed for lower-end (entry-level) smartphones with low-end SOCs, limited RAM and storage capacities, while focusing on reliability, usability and customization.
According to the details, the Android 13 (Go Edition) comes with interesting updates and new features for ‘Go Devices’ such as software updates through Google Play System Updates that allow devices to get important software updates through the Google Play Store.
Furthermore, Google has finally decided on bringing in some Material You design elements to ‘Go Devices’ with the Android 13 (Go Edition), letting users customize their devices in a way that is similar to what we currently have on Android 12 and Android 13-powered smartphones.
The feature will allow users to customize their phone’s color scheme to coordinate with their selected wallpapers. However, the option will allow users to choose from one of four corresponding color schemes that get applied to toggles in the notification bar, settings app, keyboard, and more.
Google has yet to make it clear about how the design feature would impact minimal hardware requirements for such devices. Android 13 (Go Edition) also brings Google’s Discover Feed, which will be available upon swiping right from the home screen just like it is on a regular Android-powered smartphone, to Go Device.
Additionally, some key features introduced in Android 13 are also making it to the Go Edition, such as notification permissions and app language preferences.
Google says new devices running Android 13 (Go Edition) should arrive in next year.