Google is partnering with Qualcomm and MediaTek for Android Go devices
At an event in India this week, Google officially launched Android Go. Android Go is a smaller and more lightweight version of the Android OS that's designed to be more efficient on less powerful hardware, and following this, both Qualcomm and MediaTek have announced plans to support the platform.
On the Qualcomm side of things, we'll soon see both low and mid-tier Snapdragon processors made available to OEMs that are working on devices powered by Android Go. Per Vice President of Product Management, Nancy Fares:
As for MediaTek, the company's MT6739, MT6737, and MT6580 processors now all support hardware running Android Go. The MT6739 and MT6737 SoCs will be used for 4G devices, whereas the MT6580 will be used for 3G ones.
Commenting on this announcement, MediaTek's General Manager of Wireless Communication, TL Lee, said:
Both Qualcomm and MediaTek are expected to have their processors in Android Go hardware in early 2018.
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