Mobile World Congress has been taking place for most of this week. While Samsung has stolen headlines, Google still has a rather large presence at the event thanks to its Android One and Android Go initiative.
The company has published a roundup of all of the different Android One and Android Go devices that were announced. Some of these come from well-known and respected brands, while others come from companies that you have likely never heard of.
Without further adieu, let’s jump into the list.
For those who are unaware, Android Go was announced Google I/O 2017. This initiative is intended to provide a more reliable experience for devices that feature 1GB of RAM or less.
Google has recently been updating and releasing Android Go-compatible apps, including Gmail, Assistant, Maps, Chrome, and more. Here are the phones announced at MWC 2018 that will be taking advantage of Android Go.
The 1X from Alcatel marks the first Android Go device from the company, nd includes a design similar to other devices on the market. The 1X features a 5.3-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 960 x 480.
Powering the device is a MediaTek MTK6739 chipset, which is combined with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The front-facing camera comes in at 5MP, while the rear camera features an 8MP sensor which is interpolated to 13MP.
General Mobile GM 8 Go
You may not have heard much about General Mobile, but the company has been in the smartphone market for a few years. Its latest rendition is the GM 8 Go, which features a 5.03-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio.
Powering the GM 8 Go is the MediaTek 6739 chipset, along with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. In the camera department, there is a 5MP selfie camera and a 13MP rear-facing camera sensor
Nokia made a big splash with its flagship Nokia 8 Sirocco, but the company also had some fun in the Android Go department. The Nokia 1 is an upcoming device which is priced at just $85, and will launch in April.
The display measures in at 4.5-inches with a resolution of 854 x 480. We don’t know specifics on the processor, but Nokia claims the device will come with a MediaTek chipset coupled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage.
Unlike the other companies on this list, Huawei didn’t actually reveal any devices powered by Android Go. Instead, Google stated the following:
“Huawei has also committed significant resources to supporting Android Oreo (Go edition) smartphones and will be bringing a device to all major emerging markets in the near future.”
LAVA is another company you likely have never heard of and that’s thanks to the fact that this company is based in India. The LAVA Z50 was announced at MWC 2018, and offers 1GB of RAM combined with an unknown quad-core processor.
More details regarding the Z50 are scarce, other than the fact that it will launch sometime in March.
Micromax BHARAT GO
The BHARAT GO was initially rumored back in January, and the device has been confirmed as part of the Android Go initiative. Unfortunately, specific details regarding the device have yet to be revealed.
As is the case with Huawei, TRANSSION did not announce any new devices specifically. Instead, the company confirmed that new Android Go options would be coming to the African market at some point this year.
ZTE Tempo Go
We all know about ZTE and how it strives to provide great budget options. The company is taking steps a bit further with the ZTE Tempo Go.
The device features a 5-inch display, while being powered by the Snapdragon 210 chipset. This has been combined with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, and will be priced at just $79.
Moving onto Android One, this is a project launched back in 2014 with similar intentions as Android Go. This has been transformed and now Android One offers manufacturers the ability to load near-stock Android on a myriad of devices.
Nokia made the biggest splash in the Android One department with three new devices. The Nokia 6, Nokia 7 Plus, and Nokia 8 Sirocco were all announced with Android One in-tow.
All three devices are being released at different price points, while also offering the best of what Android has to offer. The sad part here is the fact that there’s no concrete evidence that any of these will be launching in the US.
BQ is a Spanish based manufacturer who also jumped on the Android One bandwagon at MWC 2018. The company announced both the Aquarius X2 and Aquarius X2 Pro.
While specs were not revealed, BQ confirmed that it is “committed to security and a great Android experience.” We should be learning more about the Aquarius X2 lineup in the coming weeks.
Not to be outdone, General Mobile is unveiling its latest Android One device with the GM8. This marks the fifth Android One smartphone for General Mobile, and perhaps one of the most impressive options.
The GM8 is equipped with a 5.7-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Powering the device is the Snapdragon 435 chipset, which has been combined with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.