Android Go, which is Google‘s optimized software version for entry-level smartphones, appears to be the next-big-thing for manufacturers targeting emerging markets. After Nokia, Samsung now appears to be working on a new smartphone based on run Android Go. Spotted on Geekbench, the unnamed Samsung smartphone appears to be the company’s first attempt at introducing the Android Go-powered device.
Listed on the benchmarking website as SM-J260G, the smartphone comes with entry-level specs including 1GB of RAM. However, as it is listed running Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, it is speculated to be running Android Go edition and not Samsung UI. Additionally, the motherboard is listed as ‘universal7570_go’, another indication of the purported smartphone being an Android Go device. The smartphone achieves a single-core test score of 625 and a multi-core score of 1747.
A report on GSMArena notes that the upcoming smartphone could be called as Samsung Galaxy J2 Core. As the company is yet to officially declare anything, it is advisable to take the information with the proverbial grain of salt.
If launched, the smartphone will add to the growing list of devices running the swifter, toned down version of the latest Android. The list already includes Nokia 1, Alcatel 1X, Lava Z50, with more devices expected to be added soon. Google is also reportedly working on a Google Pixel 3 version, which will run Android Go.
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The idea behind Android Go is to offer users the same software experience as the heavier, main version of the OS, but without compromising on the speed. Instead of building affordable devices running older OS versions, manufacturers can focus on delivering newer software version which supports low-end hardware.