Google at MWC 2018: Android Go phones to debut finally

Ahead of MWC 2018, Google has confirmed it will be showcasing the first batch of Android Go phones.

The annual Mobile World Congress is set to kick off on February 26 in Barcelona, Spain. The four-day conference will see major announcements from top smartphone players, including the likes of Samsung and HMD Global. Another major player that will be participating in the MWC 2018 is Google. The software giant, which is now aggressively targeting the hardware segment with self-branded devices such as Google Home Mini and Pixel smartphones, has confirmed it will be showcasing Android Go (Oreo Edition) and Android One-based smartphones at the conference. Google introduced Android Go platform late last year in a bid to provide a fluid experience to users in emerging market such as India. The philosophy behind the Android Go platform is to deliver a fast and intuitive experience on phones that have lower RAM power and storage capacity, and grapple with patchy internet connectivity. To make this happen, Android Go will be backed by a slew of “Go” applications, which are mostly lightweight applications, which consume lesser storage, are fast to load and retain core features of the main applications. For instance, Google has already launched YouTube Go, Google Go, Play Store Go and Gmail Go among others. “With Android Oreo (Go edition), these phones are able to provide a high-quality experience, with the latest version of Android, Google Play Protect, and dedicated areas in Google Play highlighting apps optimized for Go edition. Android Oreo (Go edition) phones also include a set of apps from Google that are designed to use less memory and storage space, but still offer excellent experiences,” wrote Hiroshi Lockheimer, Senior Vice President, Platforms & Ecosystems at Google.

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