Late last year, Google had announced Android Go, a lighter version of Android based on the latest 8.0 Oreo. Micromax Bharat Go is the first Android Oreo Go Edition smartphone to be launched in India. Micromax will be launching the Bharat Go by the end of January. Micromax’s Bharat series has been synonymous with affordable Android smartphones that aim to offer the best features at an entry-level price point.
According to Google, the company has worked on optimizing the Android Go such that the preinstalled app along with the OS takes up to less than 50 percent storage space. Apparently, an average app will also be 15 percent faster on the Android Oreo Go. Since the Google’s Data saver feature is turned on by default the device is expected to consume lesser data. As one may have already guessed the Data Saver feature had been introduced earlier on Chrome and then in the Android Nougat.
The Android Go will come preinstalled with only nine apps including, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, Google Go, Google Play, Chrome and also Files Go. Google seems to have fine-tuned all of its apps in order to consume the least possible space (most of the apps fall within the 5MB bracket.)
This is not the first time Google has tried to come up with an affordable entry-level smartphone. A couple of years back, the company announced a similar initiative labeled “Android One.” However, Google focused more on the hardware aspect and the OEMs are said to have been reluctant in sticking with Google’s prescribed hardware standards. It will be interesting to see how Google will stick to the software upgrade promise, especially after considering the fragmented state of hardware. That being said, the internet penetration and the consumption has skyrocketed since the post-Jio era and perhaps this will have a bearing on the Android Go’s success.