Android Go: Oreo for low-level smartphones

Cerina Cruz
Cerina Cruz March 2, 2018
Updated 2022/04/14 at 11:00 AM

The first Android Go phones have released a few hours ago in the Mobile World Congress, months after its announcement back in May. You may think it’s just another run-of-the-mill OS launch, but here’s why experts have been particularly excited for the Android Go, or its official name “Android Oreo (Go Edition)”: It’s a whittled-down yet updated Android iOS developed to cater to low-end smartphones.

A prevailing problem for inexpensive smartphone owners is that all Android operating systems are made to run on devices with higher amounts of memory and storage, so they usually end up with an outdated version of Android that also lacks some of the newer features. The launch of the Android Go ensures that everyone gets a full, up-to-date Android OS regardless of the price or RAM of their phones.

The phones presented at MWC with Android Go are the Nokia 1, ZTE’s Tempo Go, Alcatel 1X, and the Lava Z50. Here’s the promo video they uploaded earlier this week:

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