Recently Google launched Andriod Oreo Go, customised version Android Oreo. It optimised specifically for low-end Android smartphones which have 512MB RAM to 1GB of RAM. Before presenting the list of probable smartphones with Android Go let us see what is Android Go and if we should opt for it.
Designed especially for Indian users, Android Go is a customised version of Android Oreo. The software has been optimised for low-end Android smartphones which have 512MB RAM to 1GB of RAM.
According to Google the OS has been optimised for speed and reliability on such phones, meaning the average app will load 15% faster.
The optimised Android Go bundled with preloaded Google apps which Google claims use 50% lesser storage space. The net result is double the amount of available storage on entry-level devices.
For the Android Go smartphones special Android Go Apps are being released. These apps are customised for these smartphones, i.e. these apps are stripped down version of their regular counterpart. It takes less space and loads 15% faster according to Google. It does not mean the these smartphones can only run Android Go apps. You can also use all the regular apps available on Google Play.
List of Android Go applications:
|App Name||Description||Developer||Download Link|
|Files Go||It gives a personalised suggestion to users on which files to delete or apps that least used on the device, in order to optimise storage space. There’s also a Google Drive support, which enables users to real-time back up their data.||Download|
|Google Maps Go||Google Maps Go, the lighter version of the original Google Maps app. Designed to run smoothly on devices with limited memory and on unreliable networks without compromising speed||Download|
|Google Go||It is a lite version of the main Google Search application with more functionality. The app supports Indian languages such as Marathi, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati and Nepali among others. It features quick shortcuts to core Google search features such as search, voice search, images, GIFs, YouTube, weather, translate, and Maps.||Download|
|YouTube Go||Less than 10MB in size, the app allows users to download and watch videos. It also allows users to share the downloaded videos with their friends offline. YouTube Go is compatible with older Android versions back to Jellybean.||Download|
|Gmail Go||It is a lightweight version of Google’s popular email service. It is optimised for the emerging markets such as India where majority of smartphones have low RAM and storage along with slower internet connectivity.||Download|
|Google Assistant Go||Lightweight and fast, yet still packed with your favorite features, the Google Assistant is now available on Android (Go edition).||Download|
Let us now talk about the smartphones that are possibly going to be launced in India with Android Oreo Go.
1. Lava Z50
It will be bundled with a cashback offer of Rs 2,000 from Airtel.
1.1 GHz Quad Core 1 RAM 8 GB Storage 4.5" (11.43 cm) Display 5 MP Rear Camera 5 MP Front Camera VoLTE, Dual SIM No Quick Charging
2. Alcatel 1X
Expected Price: Rs. 8790
1.28 GHz Quad Core 1 GB RAM 16 GB Storage 5.34" (13.56 cm) Display 2460 mAh Battery 8 MP Rear Camera 5 MP Front Camera VoLTE, Dual SIM No Quick Charging
3. ZTE Temp Go
Expected Price: Rs. 5199
1.1 GHz Quad Core 1 GB RAM 8 GB Storage 5.0" (12.7 cm) Display 2200 mAh Battery 5 MP Rear Camera 2 MP Front Camera VoLTE, Dual SIM No Quick Charging
4. Nokia 1
Expected Price: Rs. 5499
1.1 GHz Quad Core 1 GB RAM 8 GB Storage 4.5" (11.43 cm) Display 2150 mAh Battery 5 MP Rear Camera 2 MP Front Camera VoLTE, Dual SIM No Quick Charging
5. Micromax Bharat Go
Expected Price: Rs. 2999
1.2 GHz Quad Core 1 GB RAM 8 GB Storage 4.5" (11.43 cm) Display 2900 mAh Battery 5 MP Rear Camera 2 MP Front Camera VoLTE, Dual SIM No Quick Charging
Update: Airtel and Google have partnered to bring a range of Android Go based 4G smartphones to the Indian market under its ‘Mera Pehla Smartphone’ initiative. Mediatek is working closely with Reliance Jio for an Android Oreo Go Edition smartphone.