Micromax to launch first Android Go phone this month for Rs 2,000, others to follow

By: Rohan Pal, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi Last updated : January 03, 2018 11:53 am

Google has partnered with various Indian smartphone handset makers to roll out Android Go phones from this month onwards.

Google has announced its ambitions Android Oreo (Go Edition) programme so that manufacturers can provide the latest operating system to ultra-budget-centric smartphones. Now, according to a report, Google has partnered with various Indian smartphone handset makers to roll out Android Go phones from this month onwards.


According to a report by Factor Daily, Google has partnered with Micromax, Intex, Lava, Karbonn, among others to launch budget smartphones based on its Android Oreo (Go Edition) operating system. The report further highlights that Micromax is expected to launch the first Android Go smartphone, which will be based on Android Oreo Go, in January. The brand is reported to launch the smartphone on Republic Day or around it. Interestingly, the upcoming smartphone will be priced around Rs 2,000.



The report further highlights that more manufacturers will launch Android Go smartphones as well. “We expect Android Oreo (Go edition) devices to launch in early 2018,” said a Google company official, asking to stay anonymous told the publication.


If this is true then surely the Indian customers will be hugely benefited, especially, those who are looking to switch from feature phones to smartphones. However, it would interesting to see whether this programme will take off successfully or will it end up like Android One programme.


For the unintended, Google recently announced its ambitious Android Oreo Go edition. The Go edition was first announced at Google I/O 2017 and it meant for low-end devices that run with 512MB to 1GB of memory. The aim is to provide the latest Android updates to the masses and it will be available as a part of Android 8.1 release.


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The latest Android Oreo (Go edition) is specially optimized for the entry-level handsets and it includes better performance along with built-in data management features and security benefits. The brand has also designed a new set of Google apps including includes Google Go, Google Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, Gboard, Google Play, Chrome, and the new Files Go app, which are meant to be lighter and it will smoother on the entry-level devices. Further, Google has created a new section that recommends popular apps that are tuned to run well on entry-level smartphones. The company says that the phones running Android Oreo (Go edition) will hit the shelves in early 2018.

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