MediaTek pledges support for Android Oreo (Go edition)
Like it’s competitor, Qualcomm, mobile chip manufacturer MediaTek has also pledged their support for Google’s Android Go platform. As a matter of fact, a few of their System on Chips (SoCs) are already Android Go compatible.
Android Go is a lightweight version of Oreo which was announced back in May. It supports entry-level devices with 1GB or less RAM by optimizing Google’s native apps to use less memory, storage space, and mobile data. The official launch of Android Oreo (Go Edition) came alongside Google’s announcement of the final release of Android 8.1 Oreo.
The MediaTek SoCs that already have support for Android Oreo (Go Edition) includes the MT6739, MT6737, and MT6580, among others. The MT6739 and 6737 are chipsets that support 4G devices while the MT6580 offer support for 3G devices. MediaTek opted to customize SoCs that support both 4G and 3G in order to provide manufacturers with a wide range of choices for their mobile devices.
The company is promising a Q1, 2018 worldwide release for Android Oreo (Go Edition) smartphones powered by their chipsets.