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 name||Version number||Initial release date|
|(No codename)||1.0||September 23, 2008|
|(Internally known as “Petit Four”)||1.1||February 9, 2009|
|Cupcake||1.5||April 27, 2009|
|Donut||1.6||September 15, 2009|
|Eclair||2.0 – 2.1||October 26, 2009|
|Froyo||2.2 – 2.2.3||May 20, 2010|
|Gingerbread||2.3 – 2.3.7||December 6, 2010|
|Honeycomb||3.0 – 3.2.6||February 22, 2011|
|Ice Cream Sandwich||4.0 – 4.0.4||October 18, 2011|
|Jelly Bean||4.1 – 4.3.1||July 9, 2012|
|KitKat||4.4 – 4.4.4||October 31, 2013|
|Lollipop||5.0 – 5.1.1||November 12, 2014|
|Marshmallow||6.0 – 6.0.1||October 5, 2015|
|Nougat||7.0 – 7.1.2||August 22, 2016|
|Oreo||8.0 – 8.1||August 21, 2017|