Android 12 (Go Edition) Is Here: What’s New?

The latest Go edition brings faster app launches, optimization, and much more!


Google has unveiled the Android 12 (Go edition) for entry-level smartwatches, and it brings lots of new features and improvements over its predecessor. For those initiated, Android’s Go editions bear lightweight UI’s specifically made for phones with dwarf system resources.

Android 12 (Go Edition): New Features and Improvements

Here are the improvements and new features that Android 12 (Go edition) brings over Android 11 (Go edition).

Faster App Launches

Faster App launches

In Android 12 (Go edition), Google claims that apps will launch 30% faster compared to Android 11 (Go edition). Apart from that, developers can use a new SplashScreen API to make their respective app opening splash animations.

Battery Optimizations

Battery life Android 12 Go edition

Devices powered by Android Go are known for their excellent battery life, and Google’s raising the bar in battery optimizations to provide a long-lasting experience. Like the regular Android 12 release that introduced us to app hibernation, Android 12 (Go edition) will also ship with the same feature.

Since devices powered by Android Go are low-end devices with less storage space, this feature will help use the storage space efficiently. The updated Files Go app now has a trash bin, just like in the regular Android 12, that can help you recover deleted files in 30 days.

Privacy Control

Privacy dashboard android 12 go edition

Privacy Dashboard introduced for Android 12 has also been added to Android 12 (Go edition). For starters, it tells you which apps have been accessing your device sensors and components like the microphone and camera. Apart from that, the location controls (Ability to share either approximate or exact locations) have also been added.

Device Sharing

device sharing Android 12 Go edition

Android 12 (Go edition) allows you to easily switch between users from your lock screen. Just tap on the floating user icon on the lock screen and switch to guest mode and vice versa.

App Sharing and Intelligent Features

app sharing using nearby sharing

Using the ‘Nearby share’ feature, one can share apps between different devices and share data. Again, this feature was first introduced in Android 12 and has made it to the Go variant.

translate from recent apps

While reading an article or any content on your screen, you can go to recent applications and find three options — Translate, Listen, and Screenshot.

Have you ever used an Android Go device? What was your experience like? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.


Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar is a Linux and Tech Writer. Hailing from a Computer Science background, the start of his love for Tech dates back to 2011, when he was gifted a Dell Inspiron 5100. When he's not covering Tech, you'll find him binge-watching anime and Tech content on YouTube or hunting heads in competitive FPS games. You can also find his work on Android Police and How-To Geek.
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