Google has announced Android Go last year for low-cost Android devices that only have 512MB to 1GB of RAM, followed the same year it was renamed to Android Oreo (Go Edition) and said that handsets would be available from early 2018. Today Google has confirmed that OEMs will announce the first batch of Android Oreo (Go Edition) smartphones at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.
These devices can be made cheaply, and Google says that the retail price of Android Oreo (Go) model is set for as low as $50. Android platform has achieved unprecedented scale in just 10 years, but there are new markets emerging where consistency in experience is becoming even more important. With that said, Google wants to share an update on Android Oreo (Go edition) and Android One, two programs that help people know exactly what they can expect when they pick up an Android device.
In the same Go series, we already been accompanied with the introductions of new Google apps, such as Google Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, YouTube Go, Google Assistant Go, Files Go, Gboard Go and Android Go devices with custom experiences for Chrome, as well as refreshed version of Google Play Store also highlights the applications designed to work best on the Go edition phones. In addition to other apps.
The latter Google Assistant for Android (Go edition) will allow owners of these cheaper handsets to set alarms, timers, send messages and even make calls using their voice. So be prepared for a big announcement of the first series of Android Oreo (Go) phones at MWC 2018.
There is a brand called Nokia 1, the company’s entry-level smartphone which is also expected to be one of the Android Go edition phones. Rumors have it that it will come with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, an HD IPS display. For the Indian market, Micromax also plans to bring BHARAT GO, the first Android Oreo (Go edition), which comes in partnership with Google by the end of January 2018, but we haven’t seen in launched as yet. Hope we get a closer look at it next week.
Xiaomi, a Chinese manufacturer also launched the Mi A1 Android One handset in the country last year. Recently, with the launch of Nokia 7+ smartphone with Android One branding surfaced online revealing its mid-range specifications; 6-inch FHD+ display, Snapdragon 660, 12+13MP dual rear-facing cameras with ZEISS Optics, a 16MP front shooter with the same optics, f/2.0 aperture, Tetra cell technology and fast charging support.
In fact, Google also hinted at some announcements coming at MWC related to Google Assistant, visual analysis app Lens, and RCS messages. We can only expect to see several Android Oreo (Go edition) phones and Android One devices running stock Android in the next few days.
The more mid-range Android one brand, with devices like the Moto X4, will also see more new hardware, too. These devices offer more premium hardware, with Nexus and Pixel aspects like fast software and security updates.
Last but not least, Android head Hiroshi Lockheimer also notes that Google will be “showcasing the latest from Google including Google Assistant and Lens,” are carrier partners will demonstrate “the growing industry momentum around RCS.”