YouTube Go will be discontinued later this year after being determined to be unnecessary. This week, Google’s Gallery Go app lost its Go logo, which could be a portent of things to come.

Android Go, a variant of the operating system designed for less expensive hardware, made its debut in 2017 (8.0 Oreo). This endeavor included redesigning first-party programs for the OS variation. Google Search, Assistant, YouTube, Maps, and Gmail were among the first batch of applications to add Go to the name.

Midway through 2019, Gallery Go debuted as a simplified version of Google Photos that was primarily intended for offline use. The app, which is less than 10MB in size, can automatically categorize your collection into images of people, selfies, animals, plants, and more. It also offers straightforward auto-enhance editing.

This week’s update to version changes the app’s name to simply Gallery. Go is no longer present in the app bar, icon, or name. It’s one of the few Go apps that are available for all platforms and has received over 100 million downloads. (The others are, and its component.)

There is precedent for this kind of branding change, as Files Go changed its name to Files by Google in 2018. That signaled the app’s shift to a larger audience, but it’s uncertain if Gallery will take a similar turn since Google Photos is such a significant and wildly successful product.

It’s too early to say whether the Android Go project is changing in a more significant way, at least for applications. While YouTube Go’s impending removal indicates that the primary apps are sufficiently optimized, Android 12 Go, which includes significant modifications, was revealed at the end of last year for a 2022 launch.

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