It looks maybe we might see smartphones with Android Oreo (Go Edition) in India someday in the near future. Factor Daily states that Google has come to a partnership with Indian smartphone companies such as Karbonn, Intex, and Micromax. The idea is to release an entry-level smartphone accompanied with the lightweight variant of Android 8.0, namely Oreo. According to the latest rumors has informed that Micromax might be the first company among the three, and release a new smartphone at INR 2000 at sometime around the Republic Day.
The other companies are supposed to release the smartphone in the upcoming weeks. An unnamed executive working at Google said, “We expect Android Oreo (Go edition) devices to launch in early 2018.” The executive continued by stating, “As more users come online for the first time, the number of entry-level Android devices available has been rising quickly, and is expected to make up a much larger percentage of all smartphone sales going forward. Given the acceleration, we thought it is time to take our investment to the next level.”
But, Indian companies might not be the just the ones to release these smartphones with Android Oreo (Go Edition). Some days before, it was announced that HMD Global is operating on a project called the Nokia 1, which will also be powered by the OS. A release date for the smartphone is not yet revealed, but it is supposed to be released in the first half of 2018, most likely in March.
To recollect, the Go program was declared at Google’s I/O conference in 2017. This variant of Android is specially intended for entry-level smartphones with lesser than 1GB RAM. Along with this, the smartphones will also work with special ‘Go’ variants of apps like Google Maps Go, YouTube Go, Assistant Go and etc, which will use lesser data in comparison with their usual versions. Moreover, there would also be a different Play Store for these new smartphones which will highlight apps that have been specially built for smartphones working on Android Go.