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Galaxy J4 Core is Samsung’s unexpected second Android Go phone

Galaxy J4 Core is Samsung’s unexpected second Android Go phone

Samsung isn’t always a fan of not being in control. There was a point in time when it considered getting out of the Android market in favor of Tizen because it gave Google too much control over its mobile devices. So it’s almost surprising that Samsung would actually have two Android Go phones waiting for emerging markets and users with simpler needs and means. Although not yet officially announced, the Galaxy J4 Core is now all but known and might soon be ready to hit the market in time for the holidays.

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Galaxy J2 Core Android Go US availability hinted in certifications

Galaxy J2 Core Android Go US availability hinted in certifications

There might be a new wave of Android smartphones becoming available in the US. Initially presumed reserved for emerging markets or less, Android Go phones have slowly been creeping into the US. That was heralded by the ZTE Tempo Go and followed by the likes of Nokia, Alcatel, and Motorola. Now it seems that Samsung will be following suit with the Galaxy J2 Core being sighted in US certifications. That said, it will most likely be an Android Go in Samsung’s own terms, design, and usually higher price.

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Files Go update removes the need to install more apps

Files Go update removes the need to install more apps

Google's suite of Android Go apps are designed to be lightweight yet functional. Files Go, however, has the distinction of having been designed to save you storage space by helping you manage your files and deleting unnecessary ones that are taking up space. The latest update to the app moves towards that but through a different channel. It helps you save space on your phone, Android Go or otherwise, by removing the need to install extra third-party apps.

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Moto E5 Android Go available in the US

Moto E5 Android Go available in the US

Android GO is a special configuration of Android, not a separate version, that’s designed to work with hardware-constrained smartphones. There is the immediate presumption that it, therefore, caters only to emerging markets and lower. That said, everyone everywhere deserves to have an Android phone, no matter the budget. Fortunately, Android Go smartphones are starting to come into the US and the latest to join those ranks is the Moto E5.

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Google News learns some data-saving tricks

Google News learns some data-saving tricks

A few months back, Google overhauled its mobile news experience, deprecating the seldom-used Play Newsstand in favor of a new Google News app. More than just a simple Material Design 2 facelift, the app added Google’s favorite AI sauce to personalize news selection and discovery. Now it’s going back to its roots of making news available for everyone, including those with less than favorable Internet connections or less than capable smartphones.

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Google Go turns every webpage into a podcast

Google Go turns every webpage into a podcast

Google Go now reads aloud lengthy batches of text in natural language on your smartphone. This essentially allows you to listen to massive blog posts as audio while you're driving your car to work. The ability to "Listen to Webpages" is easily one of the most helpful things AI's done for the common user since Skynet. And it's far less violent in the long run, I hope.

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ARCHOS Access 57 is an 18:9 Android Go phone for your wallet

ARCHOS Access 57 is an 18:9 Android Go phone for your wallet

You can already smell IFA in the air, which means you need to prepare for the flood of product announcements coming your way, including smartphones. ARCHOS is kicking things off early to maximize the calm before the storm. That’s not to say that what it’s offering isn’t worthy of a storm. If you’re in Europe searching for a pristine but affordable Android smartphone, then the ARCHOS Access 57 4G, its first Android Go device, might fit the bill.

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Galaxy J2 Core is Samsung’s first Android Go phone

Galaxy J2 Core is Samsung’s first Android Go phone

Many phone manufacturers have already hopped aboard the Android Go train, and today, Samsung did as well. Samsung has revealed its first Android Go phone: the Galaxy J2 Core. As with all Android Go phones, the J2 Core will be equipped with low-end hardware that's capable of running lightweight, pared-back versions of popular apps.

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Lenovo Tab E7 E8 E10 M10 P10: Tablets galore

Lenovo Tab E7 E8 E10 M10 P10: Tablets galore

Lenovo revealed a whole bunch of new Android tablets to fill the space left by almost every other manufacturer on the planet over the last couple of years. They've gone ahead and broken the floodgates, revealing not one, not two, but five new tablets all at once. Each of these tablets runs Android and they run anywhere from $70 to $130 dependent on their specifications.

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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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