First Alcatel phone with Android Oreo Go edition launched
Applications and features designed to be smaller in size mean less storage requirements
TCL Communication has launched its first Alcatel smartphone powered by Android Oreo Go edition, targeting the value segment of the market.
The Alcatel 1X, part of the Alcatel 1 series, was launched at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, together with the Alcatel 5 and 3.
With the Android Oreo Go edition, applications and features are optimised to be smaller in size, meaning less storage requirements and offering Alcatel 1X customers more storage space out of the box. Customers still have access to the Google Play Store.
“We are honoured to offer our first smartphone running Android Oreo (Go edition) to our customers throughout the world,” said Christophe Corsi, regional director, Alcatel Middle East. “Our vision is for every smartphone user in the world to have access to an amazing Android experience, and the introduction of our Alcatel 1X powered by Android Oreo (Go edition) now gives them the opportunity to own one of the best value Alcatel smartphones ever.”
The Alcatel 1X will feature a new suite of pre-installed Google apps designed for less demand on storage, and efficient data use. This includes the brand-new Google Go, Files Go, Google Maps Go, YouTube Go and Gmail Go, as well as performance optimisations to Chrome, Google Play and Gboard. It will also feature the Google Assistant for Android (Go edition), enabling entry-level smartphone customers to experience the convenience of the Google Assistant.
“Android’s mission has always been to bring the power of computing to everyone, and part of that is ensuring a great experience across the broadest range of devices,” said Sagar Kamdar, director of Product, Android. “Android Oreo (Go edition) is specifically optimised to bring the magic of Google and Android to smartphones with limited memory and processing power. We’re excited to see TCL Communication launch one of the first devices powered by Android Oreo (Go edition) in the Alcatel 1X.”