Android is the most popular smartphone Operating system and last year in May; Google announced that there are 2B+ monthly active Android devices. Android is an open source platform which is a great thing, but this also allows smartphone manufacturers to customize it as their need. Companies like Xiaomi and Samsung have heavily customized Android to add their skin on top of Android for their phones. This heavy customization sometimes makes the phone slower as compared to the phone with stock Android. For phones with low-end specs like 512 or 1GB RAM and low-end processor, a customized skin makes it slower.
A month back, Google launched Android Oreo Go, which is a slimmed down version of Android Oreo for the low-end phones. It was initially announced at the Google I/O, and the company launched this platform in the first week of December. Android Oreo Go comes with features like decreased app size, more storage for the user, customized Google Assistant for low-end phones and more. Recently, we came to know that Micromax, a well-known Indian smartphone manufacturer, will be launching an Android Oreo Go powered smartphone this month with a partnership with Google.
In the past also, Micromax has partnered with Google for the Android One Program where the company launched Micromax Canvas A1, which was a successful device. As per the sources, the price of the phone is going to be just $32 or around Rs.2,000 which is a great price tag. At this price, you will certainly expect a feature phone or a very low-end smartphone with poorly optimized UI and memory.
After Micromax, other Indian smartphone companies like Lava, Karbonn, Intex, etc. are also going to launch the phones with Android Oreo Go. We can expect to see 1GB RAM and 8GB storage for the phones. Not just this, the Android Oreo Go will also come with slimmed down version of all the Google apps like Gmail Go, YouTube Go, Maps Go, etc. Qualcomm and MediaTek are already working to optimize their chipsets for these low-end smartphones. So, what are your views on this? Do let us know via the comments section.