Android Go is just Android, or, to be more exact, Android O. It isn’t a distinct version of Android like, say Android Wear or Android TV, and not even a “custom ROM” of Android, like, a TouchWiz or an EMUI. It is, instead, a configuration that OEMs can use when building smartphones with 1 GB of RAM or less. It’s a configuration that just happens to disable some resource-wasting features, pre-installs more resource-friendly versions of certain Google apps, and highlights third-party apps with a similar bent.This is distinctly different from Android One and there might even be a time when the two paths cross in the near future. Android One reflected more the Nexus program, with Google recommending a certain set of hardware, putting a vanilla Android experience on top, and promising a certain period of updates. Initially, those hardware requirements were locked down to low to mid tier components but Google eventually relented and removed those limits. Still, it probably won’t be impossible to see an Android One device with low enough specs to warrant running Android Go.Since Android Go isn’t a different version of Android, there is no fragmentation to worry about. At least that’s the theory. Android Go is Android O, so developers need not really write a different version of an app. In fact, Samat even implies it could help fix the problem of fragmentation, since developers will be able to target low-end devices without having to worry that those devices are forced to run older versions of Android. And since it’s Android O anyway, any device running Android Go will be able to install any regular Android app, even the full versions of apps like YouTube, but at their own expense.Google is confident that by the time Android Go phones launch next year, there will still be a sizeable market of very low-end phones, despite the bottom line these days rising to 2 GB of RAM. It won’t be making Android Go available for existing or higher end devices, however. But, since this is Android and open source, it will only be a matter of time before some other developers make that a thing.VIA: NDTV It’s not that hard to compare the recently announced Android Go with the more or less dead Android One initiative and conclude that the former replaces the latter. After all, both target entry-level devices which are most likely going to litter emerging markets. Considering the Android Go presentation was direct to the point but short on the details, that conclusion is easier reached. But in a post-I/O interview with NDTV, Google VP of Product Management for Android and Google Play Sameer Samat makes it pretty clear. No, Android Go isn’t replacing Android One, and, no, it isn’t a distinct version of Android either.
Kelley Blue Book test driver fills us in on Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot feature.It’s important to note that Kelley Blue Book (KBB) didn’t publish this particular video. However, Micah Muzio test drives cars for KBB as part of his day job. He used some of his personal time to check out a Tesla Model S Performance (formerly P100D) and its Navigate on Autopilot feature. With that being said, Micah is clearly well-qualified to fill us in on the tech. Nonetheless, he still says this is more of a casual, real-world look at the technology rather than a comprehensive review.Additional Tesla Navigate on Autopilot Content: Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 22, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Testing Tesla Model 3 Navigate On Autopilot In Heavy LA Traffic: Video The Model S performs as expected with the semiautonomous featured engaged. Micah’s demonstration reveals that it does a good job on the freeway and handles on- and off-ramps respectably. However, you have to stay engaged and aware, because there are occasional quirks. Tesla will continue incrementally updating its Autopilot and Navigate on Autopilot tech as it moves toward Full Self-Driving capability.As we recently shared, Musk says full-self-driving optioned Tesla vehicles will be feature-complete by the end of this year. However, he admits that it will likely be another year after that before you’ll be able to use the technology without human intervention. While timelines related to fully autonomous systems continue to get pushed back, we can’t really blame Tesla or any other automaker. Safety is key, and until it’s ready, frankly we don’t want it on public roads.Video Description via Micah Muzio on YouTube:Micah “Drives” a Tesla Model S using Navigate on AutopilotThanks to my day job at Kelley Blue Book, I drive a lot of cars. This round I’m behind the wheel of a 2019 Tesla Model S P100D (recently renamed the Tesla Model S Performance). And when I say, “sitting behind the wheel” I mean that quite literally. In this video I’m testing one of Tesla’s newest features, Navigate on Autopilot, an advanced feature recently added to Tesla’s Enhanced Autopilot self-driving system. Full self-driving capabilities are still over the horizon but, as this video shows, Navigate on Autopilot can handle on-ramp to off-ramp freeway driving…albeit with constant human oversight and a few awkward moments. And just so the premise is ultra-clear, this is not a comprehensive review but rather a casual look at the Tesla Model S, while living my normal life. Simple. Fun! Watch Navigate On Autopilot At Night In Rain: Video Source: Electric Vehicle News Watch Tesla Model 3 Navigate On Autopilot Versus Dreadful LA Traffic