Tech enthusiasts are drooling like Pavlov's dogs at the mere mention of a new $ 1,000 phone from Apple, LG or Samsung, but in reality, many people do not buy flagship cell phones. But cheap cell phones should be great, right? That's the motto of Android Go – and at MWC 2018, Google introduced a number of phones that support the platform. Here's everything you need to know.
Are not there many versions of Android already? Why should one build another?
In developing markets, such as India and Brazil, the smartphone infrastructure is the biggest obstacle to the introduction of online services, not mobile phone ownership. Hundreds of millions of people in India use Android phones ̵
In addition to emerging markets, Android Go also benefits many US users. At the Google Developers Conference in 2018, Google I / O, the technology giant, announced that the US was the second largest market for Android Go devices. In fact, 25 percent of the 300 million entry-level smartphones currently on the market are in the US
"Part of Android's mission is to make computers accessible to everyone," said Dave Burke, Google's vice president of Engineering, post in a blog. "We're excited to see more people go online for the first time, as prices for entry-level smartphones are falling, and we want to help manufacturers continue to offer lower-cost devices that will give those users a great experience."  In December, Google officially launched the platform at a Google For India 2017 press conference. And at the 2018 Mobile World Congress, we saw several phones running Android Go.
OK, how does it work?
Android Go was designed from the beginning for slower devices with low storage capacity. Google said. It ships on Android smartphones with 1GB or less of RAM and provides device-level connectivity settings to Internet subscribers. Operators can have their data charged in their phone's Settings menu, and Chrome Data Saver – Google's traffic saving tool that uses proxy server, compression, and machine intelligence to reduce the amount of data used by web pages – is switched on by default.
Google says that Data Saver alone can save 750 terabytes of traffic per day.
Android Go will also be collecting Google's other low-bandwidth offerings in a new section of the Google Play store. And while Android Go smartphones ship with the Google Play Store, which is optimized for Android Go devices, users are not limited to Go or Light apps.
What did we see at MWC?
Google has removed a number of wraps from phones at MWC 2018, including some we did not expect to see. Some companies have also teased that they will release Android Go phones in the future – like Huawei, which said at the show that it would bring an "Android Go" phone to "all big emerging markets" in the near future.
As far as certain phone models go, we saw some of them. For starters, the Alcatel 1X was released as a model in Alcatel's new lineup. We also hit on go-powered ZTE Tempo Go and Nokia unveiled the Nokia 1 – a $ 100 smartphone perfect for Android Go. There are also the Micromax Bharat Go and the General Mobile GM8 Go, phones that we expected to see at MWC, but did not know much about it. The Lava International Lava Z50 is also published in approximately 100,000 stores in India.
Hiroshi Lockheimer, the Senior Vice President of Platforms and Ecosystems, gave a blog post in which general plans for the show were announced, some explanations on Go apps and services – and tied closely to Android 8.0 Oreo.
"With Android Oreo (Go Edition), these phones are able to offer a high quality experience with the latest version of Android, Google Play Protect and dedicated areas in Google highlighting apps that are for the Go edition Android Oreo (Go Edition) phones also include a number of Google apps that require less storage and storage space but still offer great experiences, "Lockheimer said. "For example, Google Go has been specifically designed to help new smartphone users find the information they're looking for, YouTube Go is optimized for limited connectivity, and Google Assistant for Android (Go Edition) lets users quickly send messages, make phone calls, and set alarms and more with her voice and a single touch of the screen. "
This description sounds very much like Google's original vision for Android Go. We look forward to trying out the handsets.
Tell me about these go-apps
Google has released a flood of go-apps in the last two months. Launched in late December, Maps Go is a lightweight version of the popular mapping tool, but does not provide an offline mode.
Gmail Go launched in February 2018. How different is it? While the app looks similar to its full-fledged sibling, Google has optimized the app code so that its footprint is much smaller.
Gboard Go, on the other hand, is a bit lighter. Instead of offering all the features of Gboard, it ships without GIF search, stickers and one-hand mode. The result is a nice keyboard with all the main features of the traditional Gboard app without the bulk. Currently, Gboard Go is only available on certain devices and can not be downloaded from the Play Store.
YouTube Go was one of Google's first go-optimized apps. YouTube Go was released in 2016 and allows you to download videos for offline playback, select resolutions, and share videos over a Bluetooth connection.
Google Go is the lightweight version of the Google Search app. Although almost identical to Google Search, it provides more user interface control and is optimized to quickly render and open pages on low-end processors.
Finally, Google Assistant Go is the lightweight version of Google Assistant. And while Assistant Go can do most of Google Assistant tasks, smart home devices and Google Assistant actions are not supported
Updated May 9: Added data from Google I / O and updated apps.