Airtel, Google Android Go 4G smartphones coming soon; Affordable JioPhone under threat

02 March, 2018, 07:56 | Author: Rosalie Gross
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There are also lightweight versions of your favorite third-party apps, like Facebook Lite, which are front and center in the Play Store on Android Go phones.

Several sub-£200 phones have been shown off at MWC here in Barcelona, and we've had our hands on them for some initial impressions. "Android Go will provide a massive boost to our efforts to bring affordable smartphone options to the market and potentially enable hundreds of millions of feature phone users and unconnected people to get online", Vani Venkatesh, Chief Marketing Officer - Bharti Airtel told ETtech.

Google is also returning the favour, with the GM8 Go featuring in the Android Garden's Android Go promotional area alongside Android Go phones from Micromax, Nokia, ZTE and Alcatel. Seeing as Nokia sales remain strong in developing markets, it's a natural fit, one that happens to complement its pivot to higher-end devices with Android One-but that's another story. The smartphone runs Android Oreo and will receive Android P update later this year. This stripped-down OS is built to run on devices with 1GB of memory or less.

The budget smartphone features a 4.5-inch display that has a resolution of 854x480p.

See how we score Nokia mobiles with our Nokia smartphone reviews. The smartphone comes with a price tag of Euro 100 and Euro 110.

The phone comes in Black and Gold colors and will be available starting mid March, 2018.

With sales slowing down in major markets (i.e Europe, USA, Australia etc) the focus is now shifting from flashy devices to developing markets and the entry-level phones that are more accessible to people in these markets. It'll certainly never match more costly midrange phones, but as far as being functional without freezing, heavily stuttering, or locking up completely, the Tempo Go managed well enough.

Google uses Android Oreo on its own flagship line of Pixel smartphones.

This year, General Mobile has launched two phones at Mobile World Congress - the successor to the GM6, the GM8 (we assume there was a GM7 somewhere in between too), and they're also bringing a more cut-down version in the GM8 Go running Google's low-end optimised Android Go.

Originally announced in May 2017, Android Go picks up where Android One left off. If you are to spend Rs 5000 on Lava Z50, you may also like to consider Amazon's 100r D which packs a slightly superior Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor with 2GB RAM. It just makes sense to highlight the apps that will perform well on the device. The company has experimented in the budget division earlier with the Android One initiative.

The spec sheets for both of these chipsets will give you some idea of what Android Go phones will be capable of, but there's no rule which says that CPUs need to be clocked at a certain speed, or support any kind of radio antenna.

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