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Feb232018

Google Readies Android Oreo (Go Edition) and Android One for MWC Launch

Android Oreo (Go Edition) Apps Chart

Mobile World Congress 2018 kicks off Monday in Barcelona, is expected to see a range of amazing new Android devices, including from Google, who’s getting ready to shwocase latest Google Assistant and Lens.

In addition, Google also will be sharing an update on Android Oreo (Go Edition) and Android One.

Android, since it’s initial release on 23 September 2008–-has thrived so much that today it powers over 2 billion devices from 1,300 brands across 24,000 unique products.

Celebrating the 10th year of the Android mobile operating system, Google revealed that going forward both Android Go and Android One, as they offer a unified Android experience on inexpensive smartphones will be the main contributors to the platform.

Android Go, an optimized version of Android Oreo tailored smartphone for 1GB of RAM or less could be priced lower than $50 due to the low-end hardware support. These devices facilitated by the lightweight Android OS provide a high-quality experience with latest Android releases, Google Play Protect. Also, in Google Play a dedicated area highlights Go optimized apps, like YouTube Go, and Go-edition of Google Assistant.

Android One, aimed at providing people with faster access to latest Android OS updates, Google innovations, regular security updates, and an easy-to-use intutive and streamlined software has evolved from a low-end specification to the premium mid-range over the last year with the launch of the Moto X4 and the Xiaomi Mi A1.

Android One phones are expected to offer:

  • Faster access to Android OS updates for two years, including the latest AI innovations from Google;
  • Amongst the most secure devices in the ecosystem with regular security updates for three years and Google Play Protect built in;
  • A simple, streamlined interface that includes the best of Google services including YouTube, the Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google Photos and more;
  • Performance-tested hardware so you can pick the right device for your needs and know that it will deliver a best-in-class experience for years to come.

Starting at MWC, a range of Android Go Edition phones will become available for purchase soon thereafter.

Code nameVersion numberInitial release date
(No codename)1.0September 23, 2008
(Internally known as “Petit Four”)1.1February 9, 2009
Cupcake1.5April 27, 2009
Donut1.6September 15, 2009
Eclair2.0 – 2.1October 26, 2009
Froyo2.2 – 2.2.3May 20, 2010
Gingerbread2.3 – 2.3.7December 6, 2010
Honeycomb3.0 – 3.2.6February 22, 2011
Ice Cream Sandwich4.0 – 4.0.4October 18, 2011
Jelly Bean4.1 – 4.3.1July 9, 2012
KitKat4.4 – 4.4.4October 31, 2013
Lollipop5.0 – 5.1.1November 12, 2014
Marshmallow6.0 – 6.0.1October 5, 2015
Nougat7.0 – 7.1.2August 22, 2016
Oreo8.0 – 8.1August 21, 2017
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