Android Oreo (Go edition) phones to debut at MWC 2018


ARCore is the result of the Augmented Reality developments Google refined over the years through a project codenamed Tango.

So instead of being about skimping out on the bells and whistles, Google is focusing on how to make frugal processors, with less storage, more efficient. According to Google, devices in the program meet an, "elevated set of specifications for hardware, deployment, security updates, and user experience to help organizations handle the most challenging and diverse business environments". In the coming weeks, Google Lens will be made available to all Google Photos English-language users who have the latest version of the app on Android and iOS.

The report from Variety is based on the usual "sources familiar with the company's plans" without an official statement from Google.

We will finally see the first Android (Go Edition) devices next week at the Mobile World Congress, revealed Google in a blog post. Though some of these apps are only available on Android Oreo and later upgrades, others can be loaded only older versions of the Android UI as well.

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Google's AI camera feature, Google Lens, is expanding to more devices. The feature, which was first announced at the company's I/O 2017 developer conference in May, uses computer vision to quickly recognize objects, businesses, and other things around you. This pricing has usually been associated with feature phones, but with Android Oreo (Go edition), we are likely to see a brand new pricing for entry-level smartphones that Google hopes will attract the next billion users.

Google says its engineers have been hard at work adding features to Lens, including text selection capabilities and the ability to create contacts from a photo with one tap. Google specifically mentions that soon it will be able to identify specific dog breeds in photos, types of flowers, and more. Company's Android Go and Android One are the part of its plan to give a more unified user experience to its consumers, especially in the affordable smartphones.

Google Lens - a tool that lets you lets you run Google searches via your smartphone's camera - is getting a wider release.