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Can i install regular android apps on an android go?

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I'm just googling that for last few minutes and i can't find clear answer to that question. Recently i had to order any budget phone, i'm not a big fan of "smart"phones so i was wondering which phone should i choose: cat b25 or xiaomi redmi go and decided to give it a go to a "smart"phone. Yes, i am aware cat b25 is not a smartphone.

Probably i'm not going to hugely utilize smartphone features and i do not care much about performance of a phone as to me phone most importantly has to be able to do phonecalls, support sms and mms. If it would be still in production i would instantly buy new nokia e51 as this was to me perfect definition of a phone and perfect balance between phone and internet/"smart" features. I see this xiaomi comes not with standard android but with something called "android go". From what i've read so far main difference is go has light versions of apps and is more optimized towards devices with slower hardware and here comes my main concern: can it install regular android apps too or is it locked just to these light "go" versions? Can i do this from play store or, if that's an option at all, can i install from .apk files? Obviously .apk is the last thing i would want to deal with.
 
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Well I think the answer is, if you just want a phone for calls and text -sms/mms. Then buy that one, the Cat is a good choice. If you are going to get a smartphone then jump into a full fledged one not one that has gimped hardware and OS. If you are in the States look at craigslist. With all the new smartphones released recently you can pick up a cheap S8 or Note8 or LG. Motorola Z4 is a good low cost option. My wife and daughter each have one and they are happy with them.
 
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Ok, i got the phone already so i can answer this question myself.

Yes, android go can install regular, normal applications from google play store. I just installed few of them and they are working as expected.
 
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Indeed you can, however some apps might run quite "meh" because Android Go devices are low-end devices.
(Source : I have a Nokia 2.1 as a backup device)
Also you can install Android Go apps on regular Android, some are pretty light and simple.
 
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I can confirm. Redmi go is at some things kinda slow but i do not care much about it. If app starts in 1 second or in 3 seconds it doesn't make much difference to me as main purpose of phone is something extraordinary as making phone calls and writing sms. I'm using this phone for few hours and one thing i'm surprised with is i can nicely type on it and overall use it with single hand.
 
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I'm just googling that for last few minutes and i can't find clear answer to that question.
That's because it's a known answer. Android "Go" is fully compatible with all apps on Google Play. Normal apps will install and run perfectly. No worries.
 
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After first full discharge of battery i can give my first impressions "mini-review" of redmi go. This is basically my first android device, in the past i owned htc chacha and this device was bad on so many levels that at that time i still preferred to use nokia e51 over it. I'm fully aware redmi go is a cheap phone and i do not expect much from it. With my normal usage it fully discharged after 4 days. If i am correct in terms of smartphones this is pretty decent, in terms of actual phones that would be laughably short time. This came also because i did a bit of optimization like dimming screen to 10% which to me is still a bit too bright and i may dim it even lower. Another optimization i decided to do was to enable gpu acceleration for menu and other things.

Android go is not that much different from regular android (i'm able to compare them as my gf is using honor 10) and i was able to install normal apps from play store without issues. What i did install are apps for public transportation, moomin valley which i did use to discharge last 3% of battery faster and surprisingly game is running decent smooth. As a webbrowser initially i chose opera mini but it has problems with proper rendering of some websites so i ended up with opera touch which also feels much smoother than mini. And the most important app: notepad. Specifically one by some russian developer does exactly what i needed: lets me write down a note and just save it and have stored few of such notes. I may look for something to create settings profiles so i could use one profile for home and other profile for outside usage and so on. I will take a look at recommendations if someone will post here any.

Overall i'm satisfied with that phone. Works decent, doesn't annoy me too much, does its job and battery life is acceptable to me, just acceptable but on the other hand i'm used to phones which had battery life of one week or more. For example nokia e51 when new was lasting for 7-8 days on one charge, when phone was about to die after 4-5 yeas of constant use battery was lasting "just" 5 days. Xiaomi released for redmi go phone only android go 8.1, i hope some day they will bring 9 anyway but maybe hardware limitations doesn't allow them to do that.

To physically secure that phone i ordered wallet-like cover for it and some glass for screen. I hope i will be able to install that glass by myself, will need to read and watch some guides on this. As i like to cycling on bicycle to fulfill this phone i also ordered headset with buttons for phone calls. These 3 gadgets are about to be delivered right after weekend.
 
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