Android Go made a big splash at MWC 2018, so let's talk a little about what Android Go is. We're also going to take a quick look at some of the devices that were announced here at the show.
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Why doesn't anybody talks about Facebook and other messaging apps? Except Facebook, there is no other lite version of these app. Either one Will install (way) older versions in order to work properly or be stuck with lag and unresponsiveness.
Android Go phone would feel like we're in 2012 again that isn't an improvement at all..
Rather a older hardware with new software will make a better deal
or 808 on a sub 100$ or 150 $ would be better experience overall than a snapdragon 200 or 400 series running a lean version of Android
But android was never lean anyway.. Android Snail phone..Go!!
This is a promising approach. Considering they are targeting people aiming to get their first entry level smartphone, now low income groups can afford an android phone instead of a regular feature phone. Even if you aren't a part of that market, this seems like a great option if you're looking to buy a phone for say, your kid or an elder. In that case, I'd definitely be interested to buy a new android go phone over a feature phone or an old used one.
Ok so I am from India, Kolkata, I read in a college and I predict android go would go extinct in 1 year tops. Reason? $100 smartphone was Indian style in 2012 - 2013, now fast forward to 2018 Indian economy had grown exponentially by at least 35% in the past 4 years, so an average customer in India had moved on from $100 phone to a $200 phone in these 5 years. Example, I bought a $100 Micromax Unite 2 in 2012, Which ran Android 4.4 KitKat ok, with a limited 1 Gb Ram, and Android go would have made a lot of sense in that phone, fast forward to 2018 I bought the recently launched Lenovo K8 Note, which has a 4gb of ram and a 64gb inbuilt storage, and runs Android 7.1 Incredibly well, and I wouldn't downgrade my OS to a stripped down version of Android. THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IS THERE ARE NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE IN INDIA WHO WOULD BUY A $100 PHONE ANYMORE, AS THE INDIAN ECONOMY HAD GROWN EXPONENTIALLY FOR THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS. By the way, I don't know a single person in India who uses or prefers the Go version of the Google apps. That Android Go os is dead on arrival. The Indian customer wants bang for his buck, and I don't think anyone in India would consider a stripped down version of Android a bang for his buck. BUT I WOULD LOVE TO BE PROVED WRONG. ANDROID GO: A PROMISING START? ITS MORE LIKE A PROMISING DEATH.
I really don't know what affordable even mean. In India 77$ phon from xiaomi runs even MIUI smoothly. They have 2GB of Ram SD425 processor and enough internal storage with support for external SdCards. Market below this is already caputered by phones with KaiOs smart-feature phones supporting LTE and cost 24$. I doubt google go will ever take of similar to Andriod one.
SvK SH there are..
But the truth is India is an emerging market for Google and the fact that most of the Indians still use low end smartphones..
This initiative by Google would be very useful..
And if you listen carefully he said "emergening markets like India" not "only India"..
You don't need get offended by that brother I am an Indian too..
I admit what we are and I support the idea of development for my country.
That's something Google started with Android one.
So basically it's the same thing with a different name?
One & Go ?
Although it's a good deal if it's less than $100 , you'll get a good secondary phone with promised Android updates. Hoping those updated won't make the device laggy
Asif Miles Actually, there is a slight difference. Go is more focused on APK size, OS size, and speed. Android One on the otherhand was a partnership to basically make good, cheap phones with stock Android. One never had software enhancements and stuff. Go does. One was more like a cheap Nexus program really.
The jury is still out on Android GO, but right now I'm not really feeling it. Just seems like something to temporarily stop the progression of decently specced phones to the lower end price range. Don't really see any reason for phones to still have 1GB of RAM if the price of RAM falls over time (which is why we see higher end phones with 6+GB of RAM and midrange phones with 3-4GB or RAM. Ditto for processors. All of these phones have terribly outdated hardware despite the fact that you can probably already find decently (relatively speaking) specs for close to, if not the same, prices as most of these phones.
Lets look at the ZTE Tempo Go for example since it is coming to the US. It has a SD210 w/ 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage for $80. I recently bought an LG Dynasty Tribute through Boost to test out Sprint's network and while I don't plan on keeping it it has been surprisingly decent experience. At an MSRP of $99 you get an octacore Mediatek processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. So for $20 you get what will probably be a much smoother experience. And again its not like these types of phones don't already exist. There are plenty of similar phones made by Chinese and Indian manufacturers that have similar specs. I'm just not sure I really see where Android Go really fits in aside from *some* life to really old and outdated hardware.
It's pretty awesome! As long as Android Go is really coming directly from Google, and it lasts at least as much as regular devices. Because price is one point of the equation, but so is durability in that category, much more than for mid to upper class who will be switching phones in at most a couple of years or so.
I'll probably go more with the Android One devices (thanks Nokia), but I still see lots of people using some heavy skinned full of bloatware crappy devices that are 5 years old or more (they were already budget phones at the time of release) that do not receive updates because the brands stopped caring about them as soon as they were released.
I feel android should be refined more on all devices. Smooth,simple,powerful and reliable. No more junk ware, unnecessary lag,crap you never use. Just what it is. Sort of like, the smooth performance from IOS but the freedom of Android and less expensive. If you get my drift. If you need something, download a feature or app for free from google and there ya go.
Benn kinda, at least in the U.S,
In emerging markets I think Android One phones are supposed to be those higher end ones ( example an Android One Moto x4 may be the targeted market's version of the Pixel 2) whereas the Android Go is for the people there who don't have money to spend for a 4-5 hundred dollar phone (converting to that market's currency)
We know where Google went with Android One. We can presume where Google would go with this project too. As soon as the top level executive who took this decision changes these phones will probably end up in dustbins.....
Android one is a full version of Android made to run on any device. It's stock and promised timely updates. Android go on the other hand is made to exclusively run on phones with a gigabyte of RAM or less and comes with Android's "Go" versions of it's apps like YouTube which are made to be less intensive. Android Go phones are made mostly for customers in emerging markets.
Android One is a line of smartphones that run the unmodified Android operating system. It is a hardware and software standard created by Google intended to provide a consistent user experience and improved security through frequent updates and Google Play Protect.
Dephranque Yes. Less junk and lag. Thats why I like IOS and windows. Smooth. Windows lacked a lot,but it was smooth to use. IOS is overpriced but smooth and clean. Andriod go sounds like get all the apps,stay smooth and stable performance.
you can run the go versions of apps in non-android go phones and vice-versa. the range of available go apps varies by phone and android version - google assistant go only works with oreo phones, whilst google maps go works even with kit kat (4.4.x) phones
TheSizNation that will cause even more fragmentation. Each OEM has specific coding to use specific features for their hardware. Samsung prime example while beastly hardware and top notch camera, the UI is laggy as all hell however the software and coding they use on the camera for example is top notch and always makes the most use of the hardware. Using what you say would work but then you will either get a downgraded experience (Snapchat is a prime example why not do make a one size fits all app) in the camera quality or you will have to have OEMs compile codes and frameworks for stock android to have access to the full potential of the hardware which from a business point of view is costly, leads other hardware to use and abuse the code and takes away resources away from providing updates towards their skinned version of Android.
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