Samsung's Android Go device won't ship with stock Android, images reveal

Samsung's Android Go device won't ship with stock Android, images reveal
Rumors surrounding Samsung’s first Android Go smartphone began appearing just a few months back, with everything pointing towards a new device with stock Android Go straight out of the box. Unfortunately, though, and contrary to expectations, new images obtained by SamMobile reveal that the device will actually ship with Samsung’s usual modifications.

Although Google’s Android Go guidelines don’t actually require a stock Android experience, Samsung’s new smartphone, which may launch under the Galaxy J2 Core name, looks set to become the first Android Go offering to ship with a modified UI. In fact, the modifications are so obvious that, upon inspection of the images, it appears the only detail that differentiates this from the majority of Samsung’s other devices is the presence of the Go version of Google’s pre-installed official apps, which take up less storage. On a separate note, the device oddly includes the December 2017 security patch, although this will hopefully be updated ahead of launch.

Now, in regards to the design, the smartphone is certainly nothing special, with it sticking to a more generic Samsung design that includes a more traditional 16:9 aspect ratio and pretty thick bezels. Unlike many of the company’s low-end models, though, this one ships with Samsung’s customized on-screen buttons, instead of the usual physical home key and capacitive alternatives. Also, when it comes to the rear, a plastic build is unsurprisingly included, adorned by a single rear camera and an LED flash.

Presently, it’s unclear when exactly Samsung plans to launch its first Android Go smartphone, but considering quite a bit of testing has been taking place across Europe, Asia, and Latin America recently, an announcement sometime this month seems quite likely.

source: SamMobile



1. ahmadkun

Posts: 650; Member since: May 02, 2016

Maybe this is samsung Experience 9.0 GO .. who knows, samsung is unpredictable these days

7. IT-Engineer

Posts: 568; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

It's simple, don't buy Samsung. I stopped buying Samsung phones 3 years ago because of their update strategy and bad software.

9. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Funny, I haven't bought them in 4 years but that's because of more compelling cheaper offerings. But from my experience Samsung updates were less buggy than Nexus updates. I'll take a bug free experience vs an always up to date buggy experience where my Bluetooth works in my car one month then not the next, or wake lock bugs that kill my battery that appear and then disappear every other month. If you couldn't tell my Nexus ownership has scarred me to the point I won't buy a Pixel....

11. mpperrusquia

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 01, 2018

You're conflating Nexus and Pixel updates.

2. NinoH

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 09, 2018

What is the point of Android go if it runs Samsung bloatware. Then I’d rather buy a Nokia handset with android one.

5. civicsr2cool

Posts: 277; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

I'd rather have an Android GO phone without all of the Google bloatware. This seems perfect with a little uninstalling/disabling of the Google apps!

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Muddying the water I'd expect no less from that particular OEM. I do hope this backfires on them. One makes Go, then OEM adds slow, stop it.

10. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Well if you think about it Samsung is the biggest selling Android OEM. Repeat Samsung owners are used to that skin and that experience. If they went and bought a Samsung phone and it didn't have the Samsung UI they'd be unhappy. Hell I've turned so many Samsung owners towards Pixel phones and they go right back to Samsung and are pissed off at me for steering them to Google. Samsung owners like what they like. Not everyone are phone nerds like us.

13. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Might be biggest currently but there is stiff competition coming from Chinese now. Sammy can't sit on its own coat tails any further unless risking giving up lead to better supporting OEM, also at a more reasonable price point. The old behemoth is getting too fat to Parry the new guys.

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

What we have to understand here is the fact that modifying some core UI JPEGs and animations with custom ones should not and will not impact the performance much, if at all. What matters the most is the kernel source code and resource management tailored for such low-end hardware with extremely limited memory and bandwidth. And as long as Samsung get it right; I see no reason why it shouldn't perform satisfactorily; given the weak hardware. G'Day!

6. AbhiD

Posts: 851; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Samsung can't even make their flagships perform lagfree overtime and you are saying a Samsung with the lowest possible configuration will perform satisfactorily with it's bloated UI on top ? Really ? If Samsung's J series performance is any indication, this android Go phone of theirs will be a MESS. Literally ZERO sensors, lowest possible processor, memory, ram configuration and yet priced at 1.5-2x the price of other brands.

8. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Hahaha nice.

12. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

so are you gonna show us a lagfree phone? i would like to experience one.

14. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Hilarious how many people confuse Android go with android 1. Go wasn't designed to be an exclusively stock experience.

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