The Android Go Edition is a lighter version of the regular Android operating system which aims at making entry-level budget Android devices “fully-functional”. The latest Android Go Edition software is based on Android 8.1 Oreo.
During December last year, chipset manufacturer MediaTek had announced that it would release chipsets supporting the Android Go Edition soon and that the first lineup of MediaTek powered Android Go devices will arrive by Q1 of 2018.
Well, the Curtain Raiser 2018 event for MediaTek just got over in New Delhi, India today and two new chipsets: MT6580 and MT6739 supporting Android Go was announced.
The MT6739 chipset can support features like face unlock, dual camera, dual-SIM, dual 4G VoLTE and is designed to efficiently power the devices even with 512MB or 1GB RAM capacity.
Apart from introducing the two new chipsets, MediaTek also announced that the manufacturer will be partnering with Reliance Jio to develop entry-level Android Go powered devices.
Even though no specifics were provided, the upcoming Reliance Jio Android Go powered Smartphone could be the first MediaTek powered Android Go device to come out by the end of Q1 2018.
Reliance Jio is already a very popular 4G telecom service provider in India, and their Jio Phone priced at Rs. 1500 is already popular because of its competitive pricing and features offer.
HMD Global is also expected to come out with an Android Go powered Smartphone allegedly dubbed the “Nokia 1” soon. We are expecting the device to be unveiled during the Mobile World Congress scheduled to be held in Barcelona during the end of February 2018.