Stock Android vs Android Go: Comparison and Differences

stock android vs android go

Earlier, we wrote and compared the differences between Stock Android and Android One. Grab a sit and read as we dissect Stock Android vs Android Go.

Google, the grand architect of Android, makes significant inputs on the software, as well as the hardware composition of all Android devices. As a result of this, all the three platforms of Android (Stock Android, Android One and Android Go) have certain similarities. In contrast, they also have a set of differences, which include the release of security updates, how open source software is used; what pre-installed apps are included among others.


Stock Android vs Android Go

Stock Android

Stock Android is the original Android operating system, which is developed by Google.  Devices on this platform are typically manufactured by Google (they are often referred to as Google flagship devices). The first set of Google – stock Android devices are the devices in the Nexus line (such as the Nexus 5x and Nexus 6P) and the Pixel series devices. However, the Nexus line of Stock Android is officially out of production and practically no more in the market. A new improved version of Stock Android is released every year.

Stock Android devices get updates directly from Google; they don’t rely on any form of a third-party intermediary to supply them with Google services. These services basically include security, patches and updates, app updates and many more.

Another interesting feature of Stock Android is the fact that; it does not support bloatware shipping and it doesn’t allow for any form of unwarranted modifications (unless authorized by Google)

Over the years, the demand for stock Android devices has risen significantly, basically because of the bloatware – free packages it offers. One of the latest devices on this platform is the Google Pixel – Android 8.1.


Android Go

Android Go is the latest version of the Android flavours. It was launched only a year ago, in 2017. This platform of Android is an upgrade (optimized version) to Android One, developed to take off from where Android One left off. Android Go builds on the Android One platform and objectives; which is to make Android devices more accessible (affordable) to low-end users in less developed countries of the world. In fact, Android Go is yet to enter the market in more developed countries like the United States and the EU countries. Android Go features lower (compared to stock Android) hardware storage – RAM (in the range of 1GB to 2GB) among other lower end specifications.

Manufacturers of Android Go phones are provided with software services by Google. The software provided is then reviewed and subsequently released by the manufacturers (and not by Google). The hardware components of Android Go devices are strictly provided by the manufacturers (with little or no input Google).


Stock Android vs Android Go: The Differences

  • Stock Android devices are typical Google flagship phones. Google has the final say on the software and specifications. However, in the case of Android Go devices, Google only supplies the manufacturers with the software. The software is then released by the manufacturers themselves.
  • Stock Android devices (Google Pixel), running on the same Android version (8.1) as Android Go devices (like TECNO Spark 2 and the Nokia 1), receive security updates from Google for up to 6 months more than their Android Go
  • Devices on stock Android typically come with fewer pre-installed apps, when compared to Android Go
  • In addition, there is a marked difference in the makeup of devices wallpaper, themes, widgets among others.
  • Google is responsible for providing direct updates and security patches to stock Android, while security patches and updates, on the Android Go platform, are provided through the OEMs.

Samsung, Huawei and LG among others constitute the traditional OEM devices. Most Android Go devices such as the Nokia 1 operate on the OEM platform. However, to get the normal Android experience, Smartphone manufacturers have to get certification (from Google), to take a source code from Google services platform(s). This enables the manufacturers to use Google’s mobile services.

In summary, to get a pure android experience, Smartphone manufacturers build devices on one of the three notable Android platforms: Stock Android vs Android Go vs Android One

Hence, if you are a tech – enthusiast, Stock Android devices are highly recommended for you. On the other hand, if you are a low-end user, looking for optimized Android experience; you can go for Android Go devices.

Posted by Kunle Okenla

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