A day after Google introduced announced its light weight Android Oreo (Go Edition) operating system, chip maker Qualcomm has announced support for Android Oreo (Go edition) for an optimised experience for smartphones supporting 1GB or less of memory.

Android Oreo (Go edition) is expected to be available running on devices based on Snapdragon mobile platforms in early 2018. Mid and low-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile platforms will be ready to be used by device manufacturers shortly after the latest version of Android (in this case Android 8.1 Oreo) is released to the Android Open Source Project.

Android Oreo (Go Edition) is a part of Google’s Next Billion Team to bring on board mobile users in emerging regions such as India, Southeast Asia and Africa with a more modern operating system.

“We are excited to implement Android Oreo (Go edition) within the Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile platform family as it will enable consumers around the world to experience a more robust operating system for lower cost smartphones. The OS delivers an optimised Android user experience key for emerging regions where lower bill of materials costs is especially attractive, as well as in established regions for pre-paid and lifeline uses,” said Nancy Fares, Vice President of Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Android Oreo (Go edition) ships with a rebuilt set of Google’s most popular apps that were designed from the ground up to address local needs, plus a tuned version of Google Play that allows users to download any app, but also highlights apps designed to work best on smartphones with 1 GB or less of memory.

In addition, Android Oreo (Go edition) includes features to control and monitor data usage, plus comes with the same security improvements as Android Oreo.

“Entry-level devices are the gateway to the internet for many people, and we want to make sure everyone has a great experience when they use these devices. “We’re excited that Android Oreo (Go edition) will significantly improve storage, performance, data management, and security,” added Sameer Samat, Vice President of Product Management, Android and Google Play.