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First Android Go smartphones to be unveiled at MWC 2018
Android Go phones will cost less than $50.
Google has announced that it will unveil the first smartphones running Android Oreo (Go edition) at the MWC 2018 tech show next week. However, the company has not revealed the names of these upcoming smartphones. It has just mentioned that these Android Go smartphones will be priced at less than $50.
Android Oreo (Go edition) is the version of the platform that is optimized for the low-end devices. It is a version of Android that ships with optimized Play Store and applications those are light in weight. Google reveals that we can expect these Android Go entry-level smartphones to experience 15% faster app performance with the lightweight apps and twice the amount of free storage. The in-built apps are said to occupy around 50% lesser space than the conventional apps.
The low-end smartphones running Android Go will have 1GB or lesser RAM and 8GB storage space probably. Despite the low-end specs, Google promises to offer a high-quality experience as it is not too heavy on resources.
Back in December 2017, Google announced the Android Oreo (Go edition) along with the Android 8.1 release. This modified iteration of the OS offers a stable, easy to use, and beautiful software experience for the low-end devices.
Google has been releasing Go edition versions of the popular Android apps such as Maps, Chrome, Gmail, and Google Play Store itself. Also, the company has been reworking the Google Assistant for these smartphones so that users can send messages, set alarms, make calls, and do more using their voice. However, as Google Assistant works with only limited languages right now, the Android (Go edition) is gearing towards offering support to the native language of people in the developing countries.
Besides Android Go, the company is also offering the Android One program that is focused on the mid-range market segment. This has been existent for quite some years and the recent device to be launched is the Xiaomi Mi A1. Get to know the differences between Android One and Android Go from here.
We can expect Google partners to come up with new Android One devices as well at the MWC 2018 and one such expected smartphone is Nokia 1 from HMD Global. Android One smartphones based on stock Android will get support to OS updates for two years. Even Asus is said to unveil an Android One smartphone at the tech show.