Android Go is Google’s slimmed down, barebones OS for devices with low-end specs. We’ve seen several of these devices launch from a variety of OEMs around the world, but the biggest Android player has been absent. A couple of weeks ago we heard Samsung was testing an Android Go device in several countries. Today, we have our first look at the device in the flesh.
All of the Android Go phones we’ve seen so far have basically run stock Android. However, that is not a requirement for these devices. Leave it to Samsung to be the first OEM to customize the OS. These new leaked photos show Android Go with the Samsung Experience UI on top. It looks like the same UI you would find on a Samsung Galaxy S9, but with an array of Android Go apps. One of the core features of Android Go is the data saving and storage management, which is crucial for low-end devices in emerging markets. Samsung is using their old Smart Manager app for this.
In terms of the hardware, this is a pretty typical Go device. It has a small 5-inch AMOLED display with virtual navigation buttons. The rumored processor is the Exynos 7570 and it has 1GB of RAM with 16GB of storage. On the back is an 8MP camera with a 5MP selfie cam up front. The battery is 2,600 mAh and it runs Android 8.1 Oreo Go Edition. We’re not sure when this device will launch, but with the frequency of leaks and rumors picking up, it should be soon. It’s rumored to be called the Samsung Galaxy J2 Core.