LAVA Z50 with Android Oreo (Go edition) Launched in India

Ismael LynchMar 04, 2018

Thanks to optimizations to the platform and apps, Android (Go edition) provides double the storage available for use out of the box.

"The introduction of the Alcatel 1X powered by Android Oreo (Go edition) sets a new benchmark for smartphone affordability and connectivity for customers across the globe". It comes with a lightweight version of Google Apps.

Google has promised to expand their Android Go edition devices with HMD Global and the company has officially announced the new Nokia 1 entry-level smartphone in the market. It is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737M SoC, coupled with 1GB of RAM.

13MP f/2.0 front-facing camera with a secondary 5MP 120-degree wide-angle lens.

Vani Venkatesh, Chief Marketing Officer - Bharti Airtel, said the partnership was a major milestone for the the company's "Mera Pehla Smartphone" initiative. Updates on Android phones is still a problem, and one that exists across segments, be it budget or premium phones.

Speaking about the phone itself, it is a fairly compact device having a 4.5-inch FWVGA display. There's also a 13-megapixel rear camera variant of the smartphone. While a few of the assistant features might be unavailable in the Go edition, most of the app works perfectly without any issues.

One of the more exciting reveals at MWC was Nokia 1. There's also 16GB of storage inside, giving you a decent amount of space for apps, photos and more. The smartphone gets dual Zeiss optics at the back and a primary 5-megapixel front camera.

There's a headphone jack on the top of the 1X, and a microUSB port on the base allowing you to charge the phone - although you won't find a fast charging option here. Launching in select markets in April with single-SIM and dual-SIM options, the Android Go phone will cost Euro 100 or Euro 110 depending on the version and come in a choice of "suede" black or blue and satiny gold or rose. The smartphone named GM8 features a 5.7-inch HD+ display, 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of storage and a Snapdragon 435 chipset. Both camera modules are accompanied with an LED flash so it will be able to capture images even in poor lighting.

It also appears that unlike Android One, which has strict and regular updates as part of the requirement, Android Oreo Go phones might not experience the same thing.

Spanish OEM BQ also showed its smartphones running Android Oreo and Android One branding at MWC 2018. With devices like the Redmi 5A selling for around $80 yet you still get optimum performance on the standard Android OS and way better specs than what most Android Go phones are offering at similar price tags, one only wonders what kind of beast Xiaomi would unleash under Android Go.

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