More and more Android Go-powered smartphones are hitting the market as manufacturers are opting to try their luck on Google’s optimized Android platform for low-end devices. Samsung is also believed to have one such device in the pipeline. Samsung’s first Android Go smartphone has now been certified by the FCC which suggests that a proper launch may not be that far off.
Google launched Android Go as an optimized version of Android Oreo for low-end devices. It’s meant for smartphones that have 1GB of RAM or less. The company wants to deliver an optimized user experience on low-end devices and has also launched Go versions of its core apps to further that objective.
A recent leak revealed that Samsung’s first Android Go smartphone is going to have those apps and the other enhancements that Android Go brings but it will retain the Samsung Experience custom skin that we find on the Korean manufacturer’s devices. Samsung’s first Android Go smartphone won’t offer a stock Android experience.
The FCC has certified the SM-J260G, SM-J260G/DS, SM-J260Y, and SM-J260Y/DS models of the Android Go smartphone that Samsung is expected to launch soon. Previous reports have claimed that the handset is being tested in dozens of markets across the globe but it’s unclear where Samsung will launch it. Other manufacturers have brought Android Go smartphones to the U.S. so there’s a possibility that Samsung might as well.