Huawei could be looking to embrace the Android Go programme with its Y5 Lite (2018) to help deliver the latest software features to its customers at an affordable price.
High-end smartphones are one thing, but to get your device into the hands of millions a company needs to target the budget and mid-range markets. However, often these devices are under-powered and woefully lacking in security updates meaning that devices are insecure and do not offer the latest features. Often the companies that release these devices do not have the resource to dedicate towards keeping these devices up to date and so they get left behind. To aid in ensuring these devices receive the updates to ensure they are secure, Google launched Android Go - a new version of Android based on 8.1 Oreo optimized for low-end hardware.
Android Go was launched back in December
, but devices running the new optimized version of Oreo didn't start to appear until Mobile World Congress this week. The Nokia 1
and ZTE Tempo Go are examples of devices that have been launched at MWC 2018
running Android Go, but it seems Huawei could be looking to enter with its own device according to XDA Developers
The hint that Huawei could be preparing a device called the Y5 Lite (2018) appears in a set of build configuration files. The files contain a list of devices and apps optimized running Android Go and the Huawei Y5 Lite (2018) is clearly listed, making it the company's first Android Go device.
It's rare to see a hint such as this not be obfuscated, which could mean the Huawei Y5 Lite (2018) is close to launching. Further evidence that the device will run Android Go is found in the system partition where there is evidence of the pre-installed apps, which include Assistant Go, Gmail Go, Maps Go, Search Go, and YouTube Go - all of which are Android Go optimized versions of official Google Apps. The device recently passed through the FCC with a model number CAG-L03/CAG-L23, which matches that found in the firmware, so is further evidence the device is near launch.
According to the configuration file, XDA reveals that the device is positioned on the lower-end of the specification sheet. The MediaTek MT6737m SoC is the same processor as found in the Nokia 3 and will have a screen resolution of 854x480. There is no NFC, so no Android Pay support, but there is dual SIM support, which is common in markets where low-end devices are marketed.
Huawei devices, such as the P9
, are typically extremely well built and feature-rich so it's great to see Huawei embrace the emerging markets and ensure steps are taken to preserve the user experience by embracing Android Go. The release of the Huawei Y5 Lite (2018) is also great for Google to have such a big manufacturer such as Huawei pick up the platform so early.
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