After announcing Android Oreo (Go Edition), Google has officially said that the first batch of phones with the OS will launch in the upcoming MWC event. These phones will be sold at a very low price, around Rs. 3000 in some cases, as per Google. Some major phone manufacturers are set to announce their Android Oreo (Go Edition) in the next week. Along with this, Google has also announced that new Android One phones are in the pipeline and they will be unveiled in MWC as well.
What is Android Oreo (Go Edition)?
Android Oreo (Go Edition) was introduced last year in Google’s I/O 2017 event. It is a toned down and highly optimized version of Android Oreo which is primarily meant for smartphones with 1GB of RAM or less. Furthermore, the Google Play Store in phones running Go Edition OS will highlight apps that are optimized for it. A bunch of Google’s own apps are customized for Go including Google Search, Youtube, Google Maps and Google Assistant among others. One of the major aims of this program is to provide a high quality software experience in phones that are extremely affordable.
At the MWC event, Nokia might be among the manufacturers to launch a new smartphone with Android Oreo (Go Edition). This will most likely be the Nokia 1 which has been rumoured since a long time.
What is Android One?
Android One was introduced at the Google I/0 2014 event. The major goal of this program is to provide the latest software offerings by Google and Android. This is coupled with top-notch hardware by some of the leading phone manufacturers in the world. To top it off, Google pushes out security updates for these devices as soon as it does for its own Pixel smartphones. It also offers assurance of Android updates for up to 2 years.
Last year, Google partnered with Xiaomi to offer Mi A1 which became very popular owing to its high-end specifications offered with a complete stock Android experience.
It was rumoured that Nokia 7 Plus will be launched as an Android One device during MWC. Now that Google has hinted at the same, we can expect it to launch soon.
Apart from phones with Android Go and One, the search giant is also set to announce updates to Google Lens and Google Assistant. Google Lens is currently available for only Pixel devices and it lets you point your camera at anything and know more about that object. Whereas, Google Assistant is available for all phones with Android 6.0 and above along with a separate app on Play Store.
For a developing nation like India, such programs are very important, especially something like Android Oreo (Go Edition). While smartphone manufacturers are trying hard to reduce handset prices, this will prove to be a helping hand by Google in achieving the same. Owing to this, we can soon expect lower priced smartphones running the latest Android version to provide a superior software experience.