Android Go

Android 9 Pie Go Edition uses less space out of the box

Android 9 Pie Go Edition uses less space out of the box

Android Go, the special configuration designed for entry-level smartphones, started life last year under the Android 8.1 Oreo release. With Android 9 Pie now out of the oven, it’s only fitting that it, too, should get a Go. But Google isn’t simply bumping up the numbers just have a Pie Go. It is also announcing the results of an even better diet program that makes Android 9 Pie Go even better for devices with as little as 8 GB of storage, maybe even less.

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ASUS ZenFone Live L1 joins Android Go US team

ASUS ZenFone Live L1 joins Android Go US team

You could be forgiven if you immediately dismiss ASUS’ silent new arrival simply because of its name. The company, in its typical fashion, already used the “ZenFone Live” name twice last year. But if you’re actually in the market for a cheap Android phone with (mostly) vanilla software and guaranteed updates up to 28 months, then you might want to pay attention to this new L1 model. We still don’t know the logic behind the naming, but the ZenFone Live L1 is the third Android Go phone to hit the US market.

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Google should stop Samsung from ruining Android Go

Google should stop Samsung from ruining Android Go

Motorola just announced the Moto E5 Play Android Go Edition, its first Android Go phone following in the footsteps of the Moto X4 Android One Edition. It is also one of the first Android Go phones to come from a major manufacturer (depending on how you rank HMD Global/Nokia and Alcatel). Its unexpected appearance could trigger questions of the state of Google’s Android Go thrust and what could be its most controversial member: Samsung’s still unreleased Galaxy J variant. Samsung’s first Android Go is already expected to be like no other Android Go phone you’ve seen so far and Google might want to rethink its strategy before the cat gets out of the bag.

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Moto E5 Play with Android GO gets expanded release

Moto E5 Play with Android GO gets expanded release

It's not easy tracking where and when each Android smartphone is released - but it's interesting watching which phone goes where. The Moto E5 Play with Android Oreo (Go edition) - as it's called - was released earlier this year in some locations - now it's coming to more.

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Samsung Android Go phone leaks (and settles some arguments)

Samsung Android Go phone leaks (and settles some arguments)

Samsung's first Android Go smartphone has been spotted in the wild, confirming that just because a handset runs Google's pared-back OS, that doesn't mean device-makers can't customize it. Android Go - otherwise known as Android Oreo Go Edition - is Google's vision of a platform for more affordable phones, running more frugal versions of apps.

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Alcatel 1 Android Go budget phone arrives in July with 18:9 display

Alcatel 1 Android Go budget phone arrives in July with 18:9 display

Coming about one month after the previously announced Alcatel 1X is a new budget Android Go phone from the maker, this one at a sub-$100 price point: the Alcatel 1. This model brings Android Oreo Go edition and a few notable features at the budget-friendly price of $89 USD. Despite the low-tier cost, specs are decent and include an 18:9 display.

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Google Files Go faster offline sharing takes on AirDrop

Google Files Go faster offline sharing takes on AirDrop

It might be hard to stomach for some, but Apple can be credited for some very convenient innovations that have become almost standard in the mobile market these days. One of the lesser known ones is perhaps AirDrop, an extremely simple and convenient way to send images and files between two iOS users. Now Google may have finally gotten on that train with the latest update to its Files Go app which brings, among other things, AirDrop-like fast offline file sharing.

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Samsung Android Go: significant change but too little, too late

Samsung Android Go: significant change but too little, too late

Samsung loves doing things its own way and creating an ecosystem that would liken it to Apple. As such, it is hardly one you’d expect to toe the line when it comes to Google’s Android standards. But if Xiaomi, China’s Samsung/Apple, miraculous pulled of the Android One Mi A1 phone, then surely there’s hope for Samsung, right? That does seem to be the case, at least for an Android Go budget phone, based on rumors around the J260F. But before you sing hallelujahs, it isn’t what you think and may, in fact, be a short-lived experiment.

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Yahoo Mail Android Go app released alongside mobile web makeover

Yahoo Mail Android Go app released alongside mobile web makeover

Yahoo Mail is making a couple of big changes today. The first involves a redesign that makes Yahoo Mail play nice with mobile web browsers, making it easier to access your email without having to download an app first. Aside from that, Yahoo is also launching a new Android Go version of its Mail app, and it seems that the only major difference is that it cuts back on RAM, data usage, and install size.

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Android One and Android Go: even the US needs these phones

Android One and Android Go: even the US needs these phones

Alcatel is making some noise on the availability of the 1X, the US' first and so far only Android Go phone. There's also some fuss about the Motorola One Power, which could be that same market's second Android One phone. That despite these two version of Android having been in other markets for so long. Why has the US, and a few "development" markets, been traditionally left out of such options? They might, in fact, be key to moving the Android platform forward.

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Alcatel 1X serves up Android Go at a super low price next week

Alcatel 1X serves up Android Go at a super low price next week

Even though the Alcatel 3V is only about a week old, today the spotlight is shifting to the company's first Android Go device. The 1X is the next ultra-affordable phone Alcatel has on deck for US customers, and it's launching next week. Before it does, though, Alcatel is telling us what we can expect from a handset that only costs $100.

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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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