We've been critical when it comes to Android Go-powered phones in the US, but Asus' new Zenfone Live L1 is set to change our mind. It's the first genuinely good experience I've had with the platform, and combined with a Snapdragon 425, 3,000mAh battery, and price-defying 5.5" 720p IPS display, I think it could be the best phone you can buy for $110. At least, it will be once Asus fixes a serious issue it has with randomly locking up, which the company promises with a future update. Read More
After being announced last December, it took a bit of time for the first Android Oreo (Go edition) devices to start hitting the market. Over the past month, we've shared with you our review of the Alcaltel 1X, the first US Go phone, and the Nokia 1, the first Go device to hit other markets. But we still haven't fully explored what Go edition is, exactly. Which changes or compromises have been made to the Android platform? Which features are missing or have been added? And are they all worth it? Is the Go edition's promise fulfilled?
If you were to believe Ryne's experience, the answer would be a resounding no. Read More
Affordable phones will always be a compromise, but Google hopes it can make entry-level devices a bit better with something new: Android Go. It's the same Android platform you know and presumably love, but optimized for sub-1GB RAM environments. That way low-end hardware can have its own low-end version of Android, rather than suffering an OEM debate between shoehorning in the latest version to perform terribly, or an older version which won't be secure or feature-filled.
Enter the Alcatel 1X. It's the second Android Go device to hit the US behind the ZTE Tempo Go—and the only one you can actually buy right now—at a mere $100. Read More
Hot on the heels of the recent Alcatel 1X (review coming later this week), the company has announced another Android Oreo (Go edition) powered device. The new Alcatel 1 drops both the X and the fingerprint reader but hits a lower $89 price. The phone offers a 5" 18:9 "FullView" TCL display in several different colors with a brushed metallic finish, and Android Go should help ensure the lower-end hardware is a bit more performant. The company is also pushing some new camera features for the social-savvy in the device, including interpolation and some software tweaks. Read More
Android Go was first introduced by Google at I/O in May 2017, so it's been a long wait for real devices running the slimmed-down Oreo experience. We hoped Mobile World Congress in Barcelona would be when OEMs began launching Android Go phones, and this was confirmed by Google last week. Read More