Google has announced that smartphone makers will introduce the first set of Android Oreo Go Edition smartphones at the upcoming MWC 2018 next week. As revealed earlier, these phones will cost less than $50 (Rs. 3,200 approx.) Apart from that, we can expect the launch of several Android One smartphones running stock Android at the event.
Google had announced the Android Go version back in May last year for low-cost Android devices that have 512MB or 1GB of RAM. Later in December, Android Go was renamed to Android Oreo Go Edition and it was also announced that Android Go edition smartphones would be available from early 2018. So, now we can see these phones being launched at MWC 2018.
Android Oreo Go Edition phones
Google had introduced Android Oreo Go edition, an optimized version of Android Oreo tailored for smartphones with 1GB or less RAM. After that, Micromax was the first company to announce the Go Edition phones. The domestic manufacturer confirmed last month that it would launch Bharat Go, its first Android Oreo Go Edition phone in India in partnership with Google in early 2018.
Coming to the MWC event, Nokia was the company that announced that its entry-level smartphone dubbed as Nokia 1 would be showcased at MWC. Going by the leaks, it is expected to be one of the Android Go edition phones. Earlier rumors suggested that it would come with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and an HD display.
With Android Oreo (Go edition), these phones will be able to provide the latest version of Android experience despite being entry-level phones. Google has already started introducing new Go Edition apps optimized for these phones. The apps such as Google Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, Google Assistant Go, Files Go, Gboard Go etc. are designed to work best on the Go edition devices, in addition to other apps.
Android One phones
Google’s Android One program is aimed at providing people with three key features: faster access to the latest Android OS updates, regular security updates, and an easy-to-use software design. Xiaomi had already launched the Mi A1 Android One smartphone in India last year. Recently, Nokia 7+ smartphone was leaked with Android One.
So, these manufacturers will be announcing amazing new Android Go and Android One devices at the MWC 2018 event next week. Stay tuned for the full MWC 2018 coverage.