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What is Android Go? Google’s lighter version of Android O revealed

The first Android Go phones have been released at MWC 2018, here’s everything you need to know about it.

Android Go is a version of Android O designed for low-end Android phones with under 1GB of memory and will ship as standard on those devices.

It’ll feature lighter versions of Google apps, like YouTube Go (which already exists), Chrome and the Gboard keyboard application.

The first two will enable greater data-saving and offline sharing opportunities, while Gboard uses Google Translate to automatically translate speech.

There’s also a dedicated version of the Play Store where developers can create optimised versions of their apps.

Related: Google I/O 2017 – All the latest

The scaled-back OS is designed for affordable devices, in areas where there is limited connectivity and where multilingual capability is a user requirement.

At MWC 2018 a couple of phones have been announced running the Android Go software. The most interesting of these is the Nokia 1.

Priced at around 89 euros, the Nokia 1 features an IPS display, 5-megapixel camera on the back and swappable covers. It’s a bright, plastic device that feels durable and better than its price suggests.

ZTE has also launched the Tempo Go which has similar specs to the Nokia 1.

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