Key improvements in this the latest version of Android Go includes giving you more storage out of the box, faster boot times, security features like verified boot and a data usage tracker dashboard. These upgrades should allow entry-level smartphones to operate with even better performance.
Most Android smartphone makers would usually ship their devices with their very own custom skin. Xiaomi has MIUI, Huawei uses EMUI while Samsung preloads their smartphones with Samsung Experience (previously TouchWiz). Lately, there are a couple of brands that have experimented with stock Android under the Android One program.
While Samsung is persistent in having its own unique Samsung Experience, it appears that the South Korean smartphone brand will be releasing its first stock Android device for the emerging markets.
ASUS has finally gotten their mid-range segment covered with its ZenFone Max Pro. It’s a stock Android smartphone that packs a lot of great specs for less than RM1,000. However, if you’re looking for something cheaper, ASUS has just announced the ZenFone Live L1. This is their new entry-level smartphone which has a variant that runs on Android Go.
In their pursuit of connecting the “next billion”, Google’s focusing more heavily on entry-level devices. And when I say entry-level I’m talking about super-entry level devices. That’s where Android Oreo (Go edition) comes in. It’s a version of Google’s operating system that’s designed to run on cheap Android smartphones.
Google has been talking about connecting the next billion. These are basically users in the emerging markets that would access the internet for the first time on a smartphone. Previously, Google had initiated Android One with an aim to make smartphones more affordable. This was achieved by giving vendors a reference device template to follow while running on stock Android software.