"It was built for Android Go devices, but we're also making it available on the Google Play Store", the company said.
As TL Lee, the General Manager at MediaTek's business unit, points out, Google's Android Oreo Go edition combined with MediaTek's optimized chipsets will be an important step in tackling "the performance challenges of lower memory phones" and in "improving the user experience of entry level smartphones for consumers in key markets across India, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and South East Asia".
MediaTek has been working very closely with Google lately in an attempt to make things easier and less expensive for OEMs to bring a new Android device to market. Now, over two months after that, it has been announced the Oreo update will start rolling out to Android Wear devices today onwards.
Additionally, Android Go would also feature the recently launched Datally app that helps people to access all the data saver options under a single hood.
Android Oreo is starting its rollout to Android Wear devices. The company also unveiled one of the optimised apps, "Files Go" which was earlier available in beta mode, for all Android smartphones.
Qualcomm says that it's now working with Google to deliver an optimized experience for smartphones that come with 1 GB or less of memory.
The Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition) update optimizes the hardware-software combination to perform even with 40% less RAM usage.
Android Go ships with a rebuilt set of Google's popular apps and a version of Google Play that highlights apps created to work best on smartphones with 1GB or less of RAM.
We are excited to implement Android Oreo (Go edition) within the Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile platform family as it will enable consumers around the world to experience a more robust operating system for lower cost smartphones.
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