Google on Thursday announced its plans for Mobile World Congress, which will include updates to Rich Communication Services (RCS), Android Oreo (Go edition), and Android One. The search giant built up a lot of momentum at CES, and it’s going to keep that up at next week’s event.
Many of the details surrounding services such as RCS, Google Assistant, and Google Lens were merely teased by Google, so we’ll have to wait until next week to learn more. However, Google did reveal we’ll get our first look at the first wave of Android Oreo (Go edition) devices.
The purpose of Android Oreo (Go edition) is to offer affordable devices with compromising the experience. These phones will have a version of Android Oreo that’s specifically made for low end devices (1GB of RAM or less).
“With a smaller amount of storage and processing power, these phones are less expensive for manufacturers to produce and can be sold at affordable prices, in some cases less than $50,” explained Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s senior vice president, platforms and ecosystems.
These phones will feature a dedicated area in Google Play, highlighting apps that use less memory and storage space. With over two billion devices running Android, the arrival of devices running Android Oreo (Go edition) will only further the platform’s dominance.
In addition, Google said a number of partners will unveil a new wave of Android One devices, a program that promises customers fast access to new Android OS updates and regular security updates.
The most exciting news could relate to RCS, which could finally see Google compete with Apple’s iMessage. We’ll find out in just a few days.