Meizu confirms working with Google on an Android Go Smartphone

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Last year, Google debuted the Android Go project for entry-level smartphones. Subsequently Google also introduced the Android Go program specifically for entry-level devices in India, typically for phones equipped with anywhere between 512MB and 1GB of RAM. Not surprisingly in the past few months (and at MWC 2018) we also saw brands such as Lava, Alcatel, Nokia, ZTE, and Huawei debuting their respective smartphones with Android Go and sporting modest hardware specifications.

Now, another Chinese smartphone maker is jumping right into the Android Go fray. The said phone maker being Meizu, of course. Meizu’s head of global marketing Ard Boudeling has confirmed via Twitter that the company is working with Google to bring Android Go powered smartphones to the market. However, he didn’t reveal the launch date of Meizu’s first Android Go handset for now, but we can expect the company to debut the same by the end of this year.

The Android Go project involves devices with least 512MB or 1GB RAM running the latest Android Go, while promising monthly security updates along with special optimised versions of Google’s native apps such as Google Go, YouTube Go, Google Assistant Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, Google Play, Chrome, and Google’s new Files Go app.

For those who haven’t heard of Meizu, the Zhuhai-based company is most active in its home territory and some European nations. The company had made its market debut with MP3 players in 2003, and has been making smartphones since 2008. Meizu has also been active in India, where it had recently announced the Meizu Pro 7.

Recently, Meizu had also unveiled the Snapdragon 636-powered E3, equipped with 6.99-inch screen, which is slated to retail in China for CNY 1,999 (approximately, Rs 20,589) for the 128GB model. The phone is expected to be available for pre-order beginning March 26 this year. The actual sale will begin from March 31, 2018. The phone, however, is only available in China as of now, while there’s no information on whether it will see an Indian launch.