Airtel, Google to launch Android Go phones in India; Lava Z50 announced

Lava Z50 at Rs5,000 is a typical budget smartphone and will compete with Xiaomi’s Redmi 5A

Nokia's own Android Oreo Go Edition phone (the Nokia 1, pictured above) will be available in certain markets for around $85, and other vendors will offer their own versions, like ZTE's Tempo Go. Enter Alcatel's new batch of phones - the Alcatel 5 Series, Alcatel 3 Series and Alcatel 1 Series.

So just what will an Android Go smartphone cost you?

Lava International on Tuesday announced its first Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition) - aka Android Go - smartphone, the Lava Z50. We have changed some key things.

With this partnership, India will become one of the first countries to commercially roll out smartphones running on Android Oreo (Go edition).

The Alcatel 1X will feature a new suite of pre-installed Google apps designed for less demand on storage, and efficient data use.

Company claims that Lava Z50 offers 50 per cent faster performance compared to other smartphones in its price bracket price due to higher free RAM and reduced size of applications.

Google's ambitious Android Oreo (Go Edition) seems to be gaining some traction.

"We have all the same apps and APIs". The Google Assistant Go is a cut down version of the extremely famous Google Assistant and works perfectly on the device. The Alcatel 1T 7 has 8GB of internal storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

This will sell for €99.99 when it goes on sale in April, with UK-specific pricing still to be confirmed. We will be back soon with some more detailed information regarding this article.

Google focuses on optimizing three main areas in Android Go: the operating system, the Google Play Store, and Google apps.

At MWC, Spanish OEM BQ previewed two new smartphones that will be a part of the Android Go program. Bezels on the General Mobile GM8 aren't exactly extremely thin, but this is an entry-level smartphone, so that's not exactly surprising. Android Oreo(Go Edition) is optimised to run on cheaper devices without straining data or memory. The media outlet was able to try out the phone prior to its release and noted that the operating system did not run as smoothly as promised.

"Unlike Android One, where the OEM commits to regular updates, there is no such requirement for rest of Android Go", he said.

According to The Verge, however, the entry-level phone is not as impressive as Google pegged it to be. Updates on Android phones is still a problem, and one that exists across segments, be it budget or premium phones. If the phone does make it stateside, it will most likely only support AT&T and T-Mobile networks (like it's the case with the Nokia 6). The aim of this phone is to keep costs down, which means you get a relatively bezel-heavy, plastic build device which isn't going to turn heads. "They (Android Go phones) are full capably smartphones", Samat said. Google unveiled the Android "Go" to provide top-end services to basic smartphones, Named Lava Z50.