Users in India might soon be able to purchase entry-level smartphones that are based on Android Oreo (Go Edition) OS. According to a report from Factor Daily, Google is said to have partnered with homegrown manufacturers like Micromax and Intex to name a few, to launch inexpensive smartphones that will be powered by this optimised version of Android Oreo.
Micromax might be the first handset maker to introduce a phone based on Android Go for a price of around Rs 2,000, sources told the website. The phone is tipped to launch on January 26. Other vendors are expected to bring Android Go edition smartphones in the following weeks.
An official from Google on the condition of anonymity told the site, “We expect Android Oreo (Go edition) devices to launch in early 2018.” The official further said,“As more users come online for the first time, the number of entry-level Android devices available has been rising quickly, and is expected to make up a much larger percentage of all smartphone sales going forward. Given the acceleration, we thought it is time to take our investment to the next level.”
For those unaware, Android Go is a special configuration of Android Oreo that is built for low-end devices carrying 1GB RAM or less. The lightweight version of Android Oreo was announced at Google’s I/O developer conference last year. The Go edition will include rebuilt set of Google apps including YouTube Go, Google Maps Go etc. that will utilise less storage and RAM. There will be a separate Play Store as well that will offer optimised Android Go apps.
Besides the domestic smartphone makers, global manufacturers are also expected to be a part of Android Go Edition bandwagon. As per reports, the Finnish company, HMD Global is said to be working on a phone dubbed as ‘Nokia 1’ which is expected to run this Android OS.