Google has been trying to redesign Android to work better on low-end devices. While Google has tried this for almost four years with its effort of Android One, the search giant marked again in December with a "Go edition" of Android Oreo for low-end phones. Android Go is designed to work better on phones with 512 MB or 1 GB of RAM, thanks to the operating system settings and the "Go" versions of popular Google applications.
This week at the Mobile World Congress, we are beginning to see the first Android Go phones. The Nokia 1 is one of the first and is designed to be a basic smartphone for a number of emerging markets. The specifications of Nokia 1 are minimal and runs on a MediaTek 1.1 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM and only 8 GB of storage. It is a small and basic device, with a 4.5-inch screen (854 x 480) and a basic 5-megapixel camera.
The experience seems to be basic Android, and the performance was approximately what I expected from such a basic device. We will need more time to fully test the devices with Android Go to see if Google has managed to create a reasonable experience for low-end phones, but one of the first visits to the Alcatel 1X showed that there might be some necessary software adjustments for these devices. low range.
Despite these basic specifications, HMD brings back the popular Xpress-on polycarbonate cases from Nokia for Nokia 1. There will be a wide range of covers available, and the Nokia 1 will ship in red or blue as standard colors. We probably will not see Nokia's covers on other Android HMD devices since the other models are designed with metal and glass in mind. The Nokia 1 will be available globally for $ 85.