First Android Go Smartphone To Be Unveiled at MWC

Google has finally made the decision to launch the first Android Go smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 this weekend.

Whispers of Android Oreo (Go edition) has been making the rounds for a while with the promise of an operating system designed specifically for budget phones that don't come equipped with extensive RAM or processing power.

Google claims that the aim of Android Go is to make smartphones attainable in developing markets that have the largest populations of budget consumers.

It does this by stripping out all the bloated features of the traditional Android interface and focusing on the platform's usability tailored to lower specification hardware.

How Does Android Go Work?

Android Go is meant for devices that operate on less than 1GB of RAM. This is in sharp contrast to the 4-6GB smartphone devices that are usually flagship models. Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google's senior VP (Platforms and Ecosystems) claims that, "These devices need to be affordable, and the experience needs to be great."

"We don't just want to provide people with access -- we also want to provide a useful, high-quality experience," he added.

So instead of it being about skimping out on the bells and whistles, Google is focusing on how to make frugal processors, with less storage, more efficient. This is one of the main reasons that hardware changes aren't at the centre stage of this venture.

The company has tailored the traditional Google apps to be optimised of the Android Go platform. YouTube Go, Google Go, Maps Go, Files Go and the latest, Gmail Go have already been launched in the Play Store. Though some of these apps are only available on Android Oreo and later upgrades, others can be loaded by older versions of the Android UI as well.

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