Android Files Go gets a lot faster: Share 100 photos in 5 seconds. Android 9.0 Pie is so far only available for Pixel and the Essential PH1 phones, but the Go edition of Android Pie is also coming soon with improvements for ultra-cheap smartphones. Google has announced its Go edition of Android Pie, the follow-up on the first Oreo Go edition for phones with as little as 512MB of RAM. The first of these phones, including HMD's Nokia 1, went on sale earlier in April. Android Go is part of Google's effort to convince feature-phone owners to switch up to an Android smartphone and expand Google's mobile reach.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in early 2017 that emerging markets like India could really use smartphones that cost as little as $30. Android Go, which was announced at the company's I/O developer conference later that year, was a direct move toward realizing that vision. Long story short, it's a way to bring an up-to-date Android to experience to everyone, no matter how limited their budget. Here we are a year later, and we've seen Android Oreo Go edition devices popping up on store shelves around the world. Nokia has a few, and Motorola and Samsung are gearing up to release their first.
Microsoft is no longer making its own phones. The latest model to make it into Microsoft Stores is the Samsung Galaxy S9, which users can preorder from Microsoft now for March 16 shipment. The Galaxy S9 is available via Microsoft's Online store, as well as some brick-and-mortar Microsoft Stores in the US. An unnamed Microsoft representative told Trusted Reviews on March 9 that there's a "Microsoft Edition" of the Galaxy S9 available in the US. Trusted Reviews said the Microsoft Edition phones come with "Cortana, Excel, Skype, OneNote, PowerPoint, Word and Microsoft Launcher, plastered atop Android 8.0 Oreo, out of the box."
In the shadow of Samsung's Galaxy S9 launch at Mobile World Congress (MWC), Google plans to show off the first of its ultra-cheap Android Oreo Go smartphones, some of which will retail for less than $50. Google released Android Oreo Go in December, touting a lightweight version of Android that leaves twice the amount of space on storage-constrained, low-end smartphones. Google mobile exec Hiroshi Lockheimer says the first of this breed of smartphone will be unveiled at MWC in Barcelona next week. "With a smaller amount of storage and processing power, these phones are less expensive for manufacturers to produce and can be sold at affordable prices, in some cases less than $50," said Lockheimer. Android Go phones will be available for purchase soon after MWC.