First Android Go and More Android One Devices to Debut at MWC 2018
The MWC (mobile world congress), to be held later this month, is where manufacturers show off their upcoming devices, tease new features etc. Samsung is expected to launch their 2019 flagship, the Galaxy S9 at that time. On a similar vein, Google is teasing the announcement of the first Android Go device (powered by Oreo) and more Android One devices from partners.
Last year Google introduced Android Go, an optimized version of Android tailored for smartphones with 1GB of RAM or less. The Android fork is targeted at low-cost, affordable Android phones, which have seen a spike in demand in emerging markets such as India. With Android Go, the phones can provide a complete Android experience, with the latest version of Android, Google Play Protect, and other core services. They also include a set of apps from Google that uses less memory and storage space. Apps such as Maps Go, YouTube Go, Files Go and Assistant Go are examples of apps custom made for the platform.
The event will also witness the release of a few more Android One devices. The Android One project was also initially developed for low-end phones and saw success in several southeast Asian markets. The program went on to become Google’s main mobile program. Several mid-range devices are adopting the Android One program, with brands like Xiaomi and Motorola releasing Android One devices.
Devices like such as the Motorola Moto X4 will also see newer hardware at MWC. These devices offer more premium hardware, with Nexus and Pixel aspects like fast software and security updates.
Lastly, Google will be “showcasing the latest from Google including Google Assistant and Lens,”. Similarly, carrier partners will demonstrate “the growing industry momentum around RCS(Rich Communication Services), which brings more enhanced features such as emojis and read receipts to the standard messaging experience on mobile devices. Till date, Google could not effectively create a platform to mirror Apple’s iMessage. Google is working with carriers to roll out RCS on compatible devices.