The first Android Oreo (Go edition) devices will be introduced next week

Ismael LynchFeb 24, 2018

However, we may also see some budget Android One smartphones along with the first-ever Android Oreo (Go Edition) handset as well at the event.

The low-end smartphones running Android Go will have 1GB or lesser RAM and 8GB storage space probably. This is in sharp contrast to the 4-6GB smartphone devices that are usually flagship models. This modified iteration of the OS offers a stable, easy to use, and attractive software experience for the low-end devices.

"Throughout 2018, we will also be applying the Android Enterprise Recommended framework to additional partner types, including [manufacturers] of "dedicated" and rugged devices, mobile carriers, enterprise mobility management (EMM) providers and systems integrators", he wrote.

Google's push for mobile AR is in many ways similar to Apple's efforts, which included the launch of a mobile AR technology dubbed ARKit for iPhones and iPads last fall. This is one of the main reasons that hardware changes aren't at the centre stage of this venture.

Google has already been working with companies like Snap, Sony, Wayfare, Porsche and others to bring ARCore app experiences to life. However, there have been a few leaks, which have spilled some of the alleged details about the upcoming Nokia and Asus Android (Go edition) phones. The feature was identified by the XDA developers and they confirmed that the app's user ID will be taken into account to identify whether it is in use or is in doze mode. The OS will come with a rebuilt set of Google apps to utilise less storage, data and memory.

And of course, even those with more advanced devices will benefit. According to Google, there's now over 2 billion active Android devices built by over 1,300 brands.

As part of the expansion, Google's partnered with Snapchat on a new 3D world lens showcasing the tech. It also promised to make them available for purchase soon.

HMD Global is expected to launch the Nokia 1, Nokia 4, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 8, and Nokia 9 at MWC 2018.

"ARCore 1.0 features improved environmental understanding that enables users to place virtual assets on textured surfaces like posters, furniture, toy boxes, books, cans and more", the company said in a February 23 post.

The MWC 2018 is going to be an exciting time to see where the next trend of smartphones will lead.

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