Android Go

An Android Go Pixel phone called Desire: Google’s potential

An Android Go Pixel phone called Desire: Google’s potential

In the summer of 2018 there'll likely be a new Google Pixel in town - this time with Android Go onboard. Word from India this week is that the next big hardware release from Google will be in a Pixel, but a Pixel that's far cheaper than what's been released in the past. What better way to compliment the Google Assistant global takeover than with a phone everyone can afford?

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Android Go released in USA today on an $80 phone

Android Go released in USA today on an $80 phone

ZTE just became the first smartphone brand to release an Android Go phone in the United States. Android Go is a version of Android that makes "entry-level" smartphones perform their best, making their value propositions far more exciting than in phones of the recent past. ZTE's release is the ZTE Tempo Go, a 5-inch display-toting smartphone with bare essential features on the newest version of Android.

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Alcatel 3V and 1X Android Go budget phones will launch in US

Alcatel 3V and 1X Android Go budget phones will launch in US

During Mobile World Congress, Alcatel introduced a pair of phones called the Alcatel 1X and the Alcatel 3V. The company has confirmed that both of these models will be available to purchase in the United States, each as an unlocked GSM device for use with compatible carriers. The Alcatel 1X in particular will be the maker's first phone to offer Android Oreo, pairing it with an 18:9 display and other "premium" features.

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MWC 2018 Highlights: the mid-range devices win

MWC 2018 Highlights: the mid-range devices win

MWC 2018 practically ended on its first day or two, with most of the announcements dumped then and there. There were some late surprises but we pretty much got a feel of the event right from the start. It was almost low-key, somber, and serious, with a few spikes here and there with interesting, if not sensational news. That doesn’t mean, however, that MWC this year was pretty dead. In fact, the biggest winners, at least by the numbers, seem to be the underdogs. Here are just some of the highlights of MWC 2018, especially for the smartphone market.

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ZTE Tempo Go is an Android Go for the US

ZTE Tempo Go is an Android Go for the US

Google has unleashed the scouting party for Android Go upon the world and we’ve heard from the likes of Nokia, Alcatel, and India’s General Mobile. Availability of the Android Go phones from those, however, are targeted mostly at emerging markets. But who’s to say that those in the US don’t want an extremely affordable but still usable Android phone? ZTE definitely thinks so and it is making the ZTE Tempo Go, one of if not the first Android Go phone for the US market, available exactly for that purpose.

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The first Android Go phones will bring affordable Oreo to MWC

The first Android Go phones will bring affordable Oreo to MWC

The first Android Oreo (Go edition) phones will be revealed next week, Google has said, as it pushes its pared-back vision of Android for super-affordable handsets. Designed to drive pricing under the $50 mark in order to make smartphones more attainable in developing markets, Android Oreo (Go edition) - otherwise known as Android Go - strips out some of the platform's bloat in order to preserve usability on lower-spec hardware.

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Gmail Go is the lightweight Android email app you can’t have

Gmail Go is the lightweight Android email app you can’t have

Google has released Gmail Go, a new app for Android that promises more lightweight access to your email. Sitting alongside, rather than outright replacing the default Gmail app available for Android, iOS, and other devices, Gmail Go is the latest in the search giant's line-up of pared-back "Go" edition software.

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Google Assistant GO app released for (nearly) all Android phones

Google Assistant GO app released for (nearly) all Android phones

The smallest app version of the Google Assistant was just released to the Google Play app store. This version of the app takes the full Google Assistant and rounds off the corners, making it as simple and as mindless as possible to gain access to Google's machine. Users will be able to roll with this version of Google Assistant on almost any Android device, anywhere, no matter the age - for the most part.

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Gboard Go for low-power Android 8.1 phones out now [APK Download]

Gboard Go for low-power Android 8.1 phones out now [APK Download]

It was less than two months ago that Google rolled out Android 8.1 and, with it, Android Go, the super lightweight configuration-not-version of Android for extremely constrained phones. Along with Android Go came a set of “Go” apps designed specifically to consume less data and less RAM. One app, however, was late to the party and is sneaking in quietly. Gboard Go is now available for compatible smartphones, bringing the same keyboard goodness Android users love but without the whimsical cruft.

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Android in 2017: the highs and the lows

Android in 2017: the highs and the lows

Another 365 (and one-fourth) days have passed. Naysayers have again been proven wrong. Android is still going strong and the open source operating system is going places no other OS has or can. But it hasn't been smooth sailing for Android in general or for Google and its OEM partners. But then again, every year has always had its ups and downs. Here are some of the highs and lows in Android land in 2017 that could hopefully serve as both inspiration and hard lessons learned for 2018 and beyond.

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Nokia 1 might be an Android Go phone

Nokia 1 might be an Android Go phone

Ever wondered what happened to the Nokia 1? There's a Nokia 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, and, soon, 9, but no 1 (yes, they intentionally skipped 4). It turns out, there will still be a Nokia 1 but, apparently, HMD Global was reserving it for a very special purpose. Word from old-time Nokia leakster Eldar Murtazin claims that the Nokia 1 will be a super low-end, budget smartphone that will be part of the new Android Go program. And no, not the Android One program, which would have probably been a better marketing strategy.

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Google Maps Go is now a go for Android Go

Google Maps Go is now a go for Android Go

Google has just recently launched Android Go, the “half-version” of Android meant for phones with even more constrained hardware. But a “lite” Android is just half the equation and you’ll need lite apps to go with it. That was true for Search Go (formerly Search Lite) and Files Go, but there are still a lot of Google apps that need to go on a diet. The newest to join that group is Maps Go, now available on Play Store but not available for anyone. That is, unless you know its secret.

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