Last year when Google launched its latest Android version (Android 8.0 Oreo), the company also promised to launch toned down version- the Android GO. According to the company, the Android GO will be the key to reach next billion customers. Now, the company is stepping towards reaching that goal, with the possible launched of Micromax phone at the end of this month. Android GO powered smartphones will be cheaper than any entry level available right now.
Google is starting is Android GO project from India, where reports suggest the company is teaming up with several Indian manufacturers. The companies are known for sub-$100 Smartphone powered by Android. Those companies include Intex, Lava, Karbonn and Micromax, which were also the partnered with launch Google ambitious project Android One.
Micromax is all set to launch phone in India with Google’s leaner, data-efficient OS on January 26th this year
According to reports, Micromax is all set to launch the smartphone in India with Google’s leaner, data-efficient OS on January 26th this year, when the country will be celebrating its Republic Day. The price of the phone is expected to be INR 2000 (NPR 3600), which is way cheaper than most of entry level Smartphone.
The Go variant of Android Oreo arrived in late December, supplanting Android One as the entry-level Google OS of choice. Android Go (Oreo edition) is essentially a lightweight version of the regular Oreo experience designed for smartphones with 1 GB of RAM or less, complete with leaner, Go-branded apps, and a streamlined Google Play Store. That means, the Android GO smartphones will sports lowest specs.
To support Google’s this project, big chipset manufacturer like Qualcomm and MediaTek has announced that they will be creating processors that are optimized for Android GO. This will be significant as Google looks to expand its horizons to emerging markets in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, South East Asia, and South Asia.
As in case of Nepal, those manufacturers teamed up with Google has well-established reach in Nepalese market. So we can hope there Android GO powered smartphones will make in Nepal soon after launch in India.