Google at its I/O annual developer conference last year announced Android Go, an optimised version of Android Oreo designed for low-cost Android handsets. The company has now confirmed that OEMs will unveil the first batch of Android Oreo (Go Edition) devices at MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2018 in Barcelona next week.
“Starting next week, you’ll see the first set of Android Oreo (Go edition) phones, and soon after they’ll be available for you to purchase,” Google wrote in its official blog post.
Google didn’t reveal as to which smartphone brands will announce the light-weight Android Oreo version devices. However, the Internet Search giant did cite that some of these smartphones will cost less than $50. Notably, telecom operator Reliance Jio recently tied partnership with MediaTek to bring affordable handset running Android Go OS. MediaTek during the announcement noted that MT6739 and MT6580 chipsets will support these Android Go powered smartphones.
Nokia’s affiliate HMD Global is also said to be working on an ultra-affordable Android Go edition device. The smartphone is tipped to be unveiled under the moniker ‘Nokia 1’. In addition, the Indian OEM Micromax has partnered with Google to launch inexpensive smartphones with Android Go OS in India soon.
We might witness a few (though not all) brands taking the wraps off the new Android Go low-budget smartphones next week at MWC. In case you have forgotten, the Android Go is a special configuration of Android Oreo that is built for entry-level devices sporting 1GB RAM or less. The OS will come with a rebuilt set of Google apps to utilise less storage, data and memory.
Android Oreo (Go edition) will include optimised apps such as Files Go, YouTube Go, Google Go and more. Google said that the devices will have custom experience for Chrome and tweaked version of Google Play Store designed to work with the optimised Oreo OS and offer a smooth experience.
Additionally, Google has announced that its partners will share information about some new Android One powered handsets at the event. Notably, Google in collaboration with Xiaomi brought the first Xiaomi Android One powered handset, Mi A1 in India last year. This year, Nokia is widely anticipated to launch the alleged Nokia 7+ with Android One ‘branding’.