Qualcomm and MediaTek, the two mainstream chip makers for Android smartphones have announced support for Android Oreo Go edition. The streamlined operating system was announced early this week at Google for India event in New Delhi.
Qualcomm finally revealed its plans for Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PC and new Snapdragon 845 chipset that will power the flagship smartphones next year. Alongside these two announcement, the San Diego-based chipmaker also confirmed its plans to support Android Oreo Go edition.
Android Oreo Go edition is a lightweight version of Android 8.0 Oreo that is optimized for smartphones with less RAM and internal storage. The operating system is primarily aimed at emerging markets where budget smartphones contribute the maximum amount of sales.
Qualcomm says it is working with Google to optimise the software for its mobile chipsets. After the release of Android 8.1 Oreo to the Open Source Project, Qualcomm says its mid and low-tier chipsets will be ready to use Go edition.
MediaTek has also released a statement that it is one of the SoC partner for Android Oreo Go edition software. MediaTek has confirmed that its chipsets MT6739, MT6737 and MT6580 will run Android Oreo Go edition. The chip manufacturer says with Oreo Go, users will get premium experience even on devices with 512MB or 1GB RAM.
“With Android Oreo (Go edition), we are partnering with Google to tackle the performance challenges of lower memory phones, improving the user experience of entry level smartphones for consumers in key markets across India, the Middle East & Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia,” said TL Lee, General Manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Communication business unit.
Google is targeting markets like India, the Middle East and Africa, Latin America and South East Asia for the roll out of Android Oreo Go Edition. With confirmed support from leading chip makers, Android Oreo Go edition might serve as solution to performance issues on cheaper devices.