This week has already brought the launch of Android 11, and now Google says that it's got a new update focused on more affordable Android devices, too.
Android 11 (Go edition) includes several new features for entry-level devices. Android (Go edition) is all about making these phones run faster and perform better with lower-end hardware, and Google says that on Android 11 (Go edition), apps launch 20% faster than they did on Android 10 (Go edition).
This update also brings the one-time permissions feature of the full Android 11 release. With this feature, you can grant apps access to things like your phone's microphone, camera, or location just once so that they can't keep using it in the future without your knowledge. Android 11 (Go edition) will also auto-reset permissions for apps that you haven't used in a while.
As phone screens get bigger and bigger, Google is updating Android 11 (Go edition) to better handle those big displays. The update helps you take advantage of that increased real estate and includes gesture-based navigation so you can get around the OS using simple swipes.
Google is also updating its apps that are built in with Android 11 (Go edition). This includes the Files app that's gaining a new feature called Safe Folder, which protects files that you place in it with 4-digit PIN encryption.
Google notes that it has expanded Android 11 (Go edition) to work on devices with up to 2GB of RAM, up from the 1.5GB limit of Android 10 (Go edition). This gives the user 270MB of additional free memory, enough to run three or four more apps in the background.
And finally, Android (Go edition) on 2GB devices also comes with up to 900MB of additional free storage space, giving you more room for photos, videos, and more.
The Android 11 (Go edition) update will be available to all devices with up to 2GB of RAM starting next month.