MediaTek Announces SoCs Optimized for Android Oreo Go Edition

Android Go is a smaller and more lightweight version of the Android OS that's created to be more efficient on less powerful hardware, and following this, both Qualcomm and MediaTek have announced plans to support the platform. Google is fulfilling its promise now with the launch of Android Go, which has already started rolling out to developers and manufacturers.

After a deep collaboration with Google, MediaTek's MT6739, MT6737, and MT6580 SoCs, among others, now have board support packages available to run Android Oreo (Go edition).

The Oreo update for Android Wear brings with it new features like a notification vibration strength setting and a touch lock option for wet conditions. Googler Hoi Lam announced the news on Google+, adding that the timing of each device's update is determined by the manufacturer.

With those hardware requirements, and the fact that it runs 15% faster than stock Android on lower-end hardware, Android Go is a ideal fit for the low-end market.

Android Oreo (Go) is essentially made for entry-level Android smartphones with less than 1 GB RAM and hence uses less storage space, less memory and still runs smoothly. Android 8.1 Oreo gets Neural Networks API which enables faster computation and interface on your Android smartphone. Those participating in the Android Open Source Project will see Google seeding the project today. The company also unveiled one of the optimised apps, "Files Go" which was earlier available in beta mode, for all Android smartphones.

While the update should make its way to Pixel and Nexus devices soon, you can get your hands on the OTA image here and the Full Factory Images here.

Android Go ships with a rebuilt set of Google's popular apps and a version of Google Play that highlights apps created to work best on smartphones with 1GB or less of RAM.

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