Micromax announces Bharat Go, its first Android Oreo (Go Edition) smartphone

Micromax Bharat Go, the first Android Oreo Go Edition smartphone will launch later this month

Indian smartphone maker Micromax has just announced that it will launch a Micromax Bharat Go smartphone with Android Oreo (Go Edition). Targeted at first-time smartphone buyers and mostly those with feature phones, Bharat Go promises to deliver optimized Android experience for millions of Indian consumers. The OS allows smartphones with memory between 512MB and 1GB, to enjoy the feature of Oreo (though watered-down version of Android Oreo). The company has announced that this phone to be launched by January end, which makes it the first Android Go smartphone in India.

Originally announced at Google I/O 2017 annual developer conference, this OS is a toned down version of the latest Android Oreo OS which is now present in high-end devices. Find us on Facebook too! Google has opened up Android Go, or Android Oreo (Go edition) ...

Micromax, meanwhile isn't having a nice run in the market at the moment at it will be interesting to see if the Bharat Go can reverse its fortunes. Apparently, an average app will also be 15 percent faster on the Android Oreo Go.

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So the usual bunch of Android apps that you get with Android Go devices include Google Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, YouTube Go, Google Assistant Go, and Files Go. The idea behind Android Oreo (Go Edition) is simple, to increase the penetration of smartphones in a market like India - the world's second largest mobile phone market.

In all, Android Go is aimed at creating a new class of less capable smartphones that will also cost a lot less.

Details on the phone are scarce at best, with Android Central speculating that the phone could potentially run on either a Mediatek or Qualcomm platform, with both vendors signed on to supply components compatible with Android Go.

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