MediaTek and Qualcomm Announced Support for Android Oreo Go

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Within a couple of days after the launch of Google’s Android Oreo based operating system “Go” Edition, two of the world’s biggest mobile processor makers—MediaTek and Qualcomm—have announced the support for the latest innovation. The operating system was announced at a launch event in New Delhi on Tuesday for budget Android smartphones.

MediaTek, in a statement on Thursday, said that it will be an SoC partner for bringing Android Oreo (Go edition) to smartphone makers and will offer support on Android devices with 512MB to 1GB of RAM. Go edition is based on Android 8.1 Oreo and this is one of the rare instances when support from SoC makers is available within a short span of the operating system’s launch.

Qualcomm, on the other hand, has also announced full support for bringing Android Oreo (Go edition) to budget smartphones. The manufacturer states that it will be working closely with Google to offer an optimised experience on smartphones with a memory of 1GB or less. Qualcomm claims that this partnership will help leverage growth for both brands in emerging markets from South Asia and Africa.

The Android Go is designed to run better on phones with either 512MB or 1GB of RAM. We understand that its challenging to design the same operating system to work on both flagship and budget devices, but Google has figured it out to overcome the obstacle. The Go edition is not meant to be a “fork” of Android Oreo so much as a variant that a manufacturer can just set by ticking off a configuration flag.

Google recently made the announcement at an event in India — a major potential market for the new version of the OS. As the company notes in a recent blog post, there are currently more Android users in India than the U.S., making it a huge market, along with other developing countries. A number of companies like Mozilla and Nokia have also worked to address a rapidly expanding audience in these areas, but none are better positioned than Google.

According to Google, the Android Go OS comes with all sorts of benefits for the end users, including 30 percent faster startup time and an optimization of storage space, by up to 2x. The latter is accomplished, in part, by the inclusion of a number of optimized Go apps. It’s a pretty long list, including Google Go, Google Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, Gboard, Chrome and Files Go, a new file management app. There’s also a Go version of the Play store, which specializes in lightweight apps.

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Bikram Singh Negi

Bikram Singh Negi

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