Samsung is testing a new Android Go device in select markets, according to SamMobile.
The report claims a phone with the model number SM-J260 has made its way to several parts of the world. Following last month’s test throughout the Indian subcontinent, Samsung is seeing how the product fares in Europe, Latin America, and Asia.
Ongoing tests are taking place in the United Kingdom, German, Italy, France, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and beyond. The total number of countries joining in the latest round of testing is about two dozen.
Android Go, which Google put forth this year, is an initiative to improve entry-level phones. The software is mostly the same, but apps are slimmed-down to run on low memory, storage, and data. Google has already recreated most of its core apps for Android Go devices, and a few of the popular third-party apps have ‘lite’ versions.
The first Android Go device from Samsung is expected to ship with a tweaked Exynos 7570 processor, 1GB of RAM, and Android 8.1.
With tests becoming global, the product shouldn’t be too far off from an announcement. And it’ll definitely help Google’s initiative to make entry-level phones better for users. Samsung’s entry-level phones are very popular around the world, but they’ve been in need of some optimization for a long time.