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Last Updated: 04-01-2018

Not long ago, Google launched a toned-down version of its latest Android Oreo operating system called the Android Oreo (Go Edition). At the time this was announced, devices running this Go Edition were limited to developers and were said to take some time to reach the end users. But if a report from factordaily is to be believed, the waiting period is almost over. According to the report, Google has partnered with domestic handset makers such as Micromax, Intex, Lava, Karbonn to launch handsets as cheap as Rs 2,000 ($31). Naturally, these handsets will run Android Oreo (Go edition) operating system. The Rs 2,000 handset from Micromax "might be (launched) on Republic Day or around it," as per the report. Other smartphone makers will then follow the suit and launch their Android Oreo Go Edition handsets in early 2018. The factordaily report quoted a Google official saying, "As more users come online for the first time, the number of entry-level Android devices available has been rising quickly, and is expected to make up a much larger percentage of all smartphone sales going forward. Given the acceleration, we thought it is time to take our investment to the next level." To recall, the Android Oreo (Go Edition) was launched in India as a toned-down version of Google's Android Oreo to curb the widespread issue of 'Android fragmentation' as it will now be able to bring Android Oreo not only on flagship smartphones but to budget devices as well. The Go Edition comes with its own set of apps - such as Files Go, Google Go, Google Maps Go and more - that are optimized to run on smartphones running on 1GB or 512MB RAM capacity. Incidentally, this is not the first time that Google is partnering with the Indian smartphone makers. Back in 2014, the search giant had launched the Android One programme, and had partnered with handset manufacturers such as Micromax, Lava and Karbonn. However, Android One was more of a reference design platform intended to enable manufacturers to build ultra-cheap smartphones with ease. Source: Gadgets Now

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