Google’s new Android Go, a software for entry-grade smartphones, gets the support from chipset makers Qualcomm and MediaTek. Both the companies will work alongside the Internet-giant to manufacture affordable smartphones – with as low as 1GB RAM and 8GB storage – that work well.
Android Go is a lightweight version of Android Oreo, announced this week in India. It is designed to be more efficient on less powerful hardware. The software will still be fast and secure and occupy less space.
Google has also designed custom apps for Android Go, including Assistant Go, Google Go and Files Go. The first set of Android Go phones will be available for purchase in next 2 to 3 months.
Talking about the partnership Qualcomm Vice President of Product Management, Nancy Fares, said, “We are excited to implement Android Oreo (Go edition) within the Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile platform family as it will enable consumers around the world to experience a more robust operating system for lower cost smartphones.”
On the other hand, MediaTek has announced the processors they are going to use on Android Go powered devices. The list includes MT6739 and MT6737 SoC for 4G phones and MT6580 for 3G phones.
Commenting on this announcement, MediaTek’s General Manager of Wireless Communication, TL Lee said, “With Android Oreo (Go edition), we are partnering with Google to tackle the performance challenges of lower memory phones, improving the user experience of entry-level smartphones for consumers in key markets across India, the Middle East & Africa, Latin America and South East Asia.”