MediaTek Partners With Google To Produce Android Oreo Go Chipsets
Chinese chipset manufacturer, MediaTek, has announced a new partnership with Google, which will lead to a family of system-on-chips designed for the new Android Oreo Go edition. MediaTek has recently been in the news explaining how the company is to step back from producing flagship chipsets. This latest development is good news for companies wishing to design and produce entry level Android devices, and ties in with MediaTek’s history: the company has developed a range of device blueprints that makes it easy for a third party manufacturer to bring a product to the market. Android Oreo Go is allowing MediaTek to return to their roots.
As a recap, Google announced Android Oreo Go as a lightweight variant of Android earlier in the year. The Android Oreo Go edition of Android was announced alongside Android Oreo 8.1, and is claimed to be 15% faster at launching applications, uses half the storage space, and works better on devices with between 512 MB to 1 GB of RAM. Android Oreo Go is designed for the entry level device, which has also been where MediaTek have performed strongly in recent years, before pushing into mid-range chipsets.
MediaTek and Google have worked closely together to design a system-on-chip optimised for the new platform, which has resulted in board support packages for at least three MediaTek chipsets: the 64-bit MediaTek MT6739 and MediaTek MT6737 units, and the 32-bit MediaTek MT6580 chipsets. We can expect the first MediaTek-powered Android Oreo Go-powered devices to appear early in 2018.