Android Oreo Go Edition gets Qualcomm support, devices to start shipping from next year

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Google earlier this week announced Android Oreo (Go edition), an operating system experience designed for entry-level phones. To support the search giant’s initiative, Qualcomm followed with an announcement that will work with Google to produce mid and low-tier processors for handsets that support Android Oreo (Go edition) to optimise speed and reliability. The chipmaker said that devices running on Android Go and based on Snapdragon mobile platforms are expected to be available in early 2018.

Qualcomm aims to work with Google to improve the user experience on Android Oreo (Go edition) devices, which are mainly phones with 1GB of RAM or lower. Google’s aim is to provide entry-level smartphone users especially in emerging markets like India to get the latest Android version. The Go edition is essentially a revamped version of Android One with a new set of Google apps such as Google Go, Gmail Go, YouTube Go, among others, that have been optimised for phones with less storage and with 1GB of RAM or lower. These lightweight and optimised apps will be highlighted alongside regular apps in a new version of the Play Store. Qualcomm’s support in all of this will to provide processors tailormade for entry-level devices for speed and reliability.

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“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,” said Nancy Fares, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Android Oreo (Go edition) delivers an optimized Android user experience key for emerging regions where lower bill of materials costs are especially attractive, as well as in established regions for pre-paid and lifeline uses.”

Additionally, MediaTek has also announced support for Android Oreo (Go edition) and is working closely with Google to produce optimised chips for device makers who opt for MediaTek SoC. The Qualcomm-rival announced that its MT6739, MT6737, and MT6580 SoCs, among others, now have board support packages available to run Android Oreo (Go edition), XDA Developers reports .

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