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Micromax Bharat Go will be India’s first Android Go smartphone

Indian smartphone maker Micromax has just announced that it will launch a Micromax Bharat Go smartphone with Android Oreo (Go Edition). The company has announced that this phone to be launched by January end, which makes it the first Android Go smartphone in India.

Micromax will launch the Micromax Bharat Go in partnership with Google. While the Bharat series is seeing affordable devices, Android Go is an optimized version of Android for low-end phones. This watered-down version can run smoothly with RAM as low as 512MB to 1GB.

Micromax Bharat Go with Android Oreo (Go Edition)

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There have been rumours around the Indian smartphone manufacturer planning to launch an Android Go device. Confirming these, Micromax has announced the launch of Micromax Bharat Go by the end of this month.

For the uninitiated, Google had introduced the Android Go programme back in May last year. It was then announced that the version will be available by early 2018. It is a watered-down version of Android 8.0 Oreo and is meant for low-end or entry-level smartphones. Android Go has its own suite of optimized apps for the same.

To start with, it comes with Google Go, YouTube Go, Files Go, Assistant Go, Google Maps Go, and Gmail Go. All these are lightweight applications that can operate on low RAM, starting from as low as 512MB. The new Micromax Bharat Go should have these apps pre-installed.

While this is the software part, chipset makers like Qualcomm and MediaTek are also reportedly working on optimizing their processors for Android Go. Also, there are rumours that this offering from Micromax will be priced at under Rs. 2,000. There are no other leaks and speculations about the device.

Micromax has issued a statement about the Micromax Bharat Go, saying, “Taking its mission of connecting the unconnected ahead, and providing the best in class mobility devices, Micromax will introduce BHARAT GO to deliver optimized Android experience as an entry-level smartphone to millions of Indian consumers.”


Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.