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Samsung is working on an Android Go smartphone and it will not run stock Android

Samsung has not issued any official statement on the leak of these devices or any plans on when and where it is planning to launch the device.

  • Published: July 3, 2018 11:02 PM IST
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Images of what appears to be an Android Go smartphone by Samsung have leaked on the internet. According to an exclusive report by SamMobile, the images showcase the device from almost all angles giving us a preview of what to expect. One of the most interesting and notable things to note about these images is that this Android Go device by Samsung will not run a stock version of Android. The device will, however, pack the Go versions of the official Google apps along with Samsung Experience skin. The report notes that the Android Go website does not really state that Android Go devices need to run the stock version of Android.

Android Go version is limited to providing “a user experience” that is relatively less demanding on the hardware of the entry-level smartphone. The report indicates that Samsung may call this device the Samsung Galaxy J2 Core. Another interesting thing to note here is that it is likely that Samsung may be planning to remove the usual physical Android navigation keys with the help of on-screen navigation keys. The Android Go-powered device by Samsung will be based on Android 8.1 Oreo operating system.

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The images also indicate that the device will pack an Android security patch level of December 5, 2017. However, we hope that the company is planning to launch an update bringing the latest Android security patch. Samsung has not issued any official statement on the leak of these devices or any plans on when and where it is planning to launch the device.

Considering that most of the Android Go-powered smartphones are launched in developing countries, it is likely that Samsung may launch its upcoming Android Go-powered device in the same market.

  • Published Date: July 3, 2018 11:02 PM IST