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Samsung may already be testing its first Android Go phone

A new report claims Samsung is already testing its Android Go phone in a number of countries in Europe, Latin America, and Asia.

Published onJune 22, 2018

  • A new report claims Samsung is testing its first Android Go smartphone.
  • The testing is being conducted in a number of countries in Europe, Latin America, and Asia.
  • An official launch date has not been revealed.

Samsung may be the next big smartphone maker to launch an Android Go smartphone. A new report from SamMobile claims that the company is testing different versions of a phone with the model number SM-J260 in a number of different countries in Europe, Latin America, and Asia.

In April, SamMobile reported that one of these different versions of the phone, M-J260G, showed up on the GeekBench benchmarking database. That site listed the phone’s motherboard as “7570universal_go.”  The “go” mention could be a clue that this device is meant to run Google’s Android Go operating system.

Android Go is a stripped-down version of Android 8.0 Oreo that’s been developed for low-end smartphones that have 1GB or less or RAM. Apps that are designed to run on Android Go are also supposed to use less memory and storage space. Android Go phones have already been released by ZTE, Huawei, and Asus, among others.

If Samsung is testing an Android Go device, it means the company is willing to release a phone with a stock Android OS, rather than one that’s running the Samsung Experience software (formerly known as TouchWiz). Unfortunately, we don’t have any more information about this mysterious Samsung phone, including no word on a possible price tag or release date.

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