A Android smartphone for less than 100 euros that you really have to work with? That you had to go far to search. But Google Oreo (Go Edition) allows us now to choose from.
Let’s face it: in 2018 more expensive phones on the rise: the current iPhone, Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy S models are all more expensive than the previous model that they replaced. That makes the average selling price of smartphones – after years of decrease – increase. But that increase has yet another reason: people are discouraged by the smartphones of less than 100 euros. And with good reason. Many apps do not work well, and they are often equipped with an outdated version of Android (what the user is more exposed to all kinds of viruses).
And so has Google, last year, the idea launched a slimmed down version of Android 8.0 (or ‘Oreo’), especially for low-priced devices with a slow chip and very little memory (0.5 or 1 GB). Google is developing special versions of its key apps such as Google Maps for. Because aircraft in that category and often also very little storage space (8 GB), and a low monthly download limit, are the apps smaller.
Colored block of plastic
It took a while, but at MWC it: there are this week in Barcelona about half a dozen smartphones running Android Oreo (Go Edition), such as Android Go to now officially (but not as smoothly bekkend) is renamed. There are trusted brands such as Nokia and Alcatel, in addition to, for example, ZTE and the Indian Lava.
Nokia showcased the Nokia 1, 85 euro (excl. VAT) is going to cost. A colored block of plastic that looks cheap, but also not ridiculously cheap, looks like. The screen is tight (4,5), the camera (5 megapixel rear, 2 megapixel front) and the 8 GB of storage, but most apps seemed to be without any annoying glitches to run. The Alcatel 1X cost around 100 euro, has a surprisingly large 5,3”screen (but 480 x 960 pixels) and 8 and 5 megapixel cameras.
Android Oreo (Go Edition) is not to be confused with Android One, a slightly older initiative. The Android One label you’ll find on smartphones that are (slightly) more cost, and it means that you have an unaltered and current version of Android. With the guarantee that the Android version is still at least two years, will be maintained. With Android One tried Google another problem to address: that Android by many manufacturers are often very dramatically changed, and that – therefore – important operating system updates late or not at all when the users get. But Android Go and Android One have in common with each other, that you’re sure a recent version of Android.