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Samsung’s Android Go smartphone might not be Android Go after all

Some interesting photos of the upcoming Android Go-powered Samsung phone also known as Galaxy J2 Core have just surfaced. Interestingly enough these contradict almost everything we know about Android Go devices so it’s either that the platform is taking in a new direction or we are seeing a different device here.

The OEM is ditching the hardware navigation buttons and the phone pictured comes with an outdated security patch for Android 8.1 Oreo – December 2017. Nothing else could be concluded from the leaked images. There’s no mention of the launch date either.


Samsung's Android Go device with Samsung Experience UI on top
Samsung's Android Go device with Samsung Experience UI on top
Samsung's Android Go device with Samsung Experience UI on top
Samsung's Android Go device with Samsung Experience UI on top

Samsung’s Android Go device with Samsung Experience UI on top

The source claims that the device isn’t running stock Android but instead comes with the usual slimmed-down versions of the essential Google apps that are pre-installed on Android Go handsets. Either Samsung is releasing the phone with different software in different regions or we are missing something here. Anyway, if the leak is accurate, soon we will see the first skinned Android Go device.


More photos of the menus
More photos of the menus
More photos of the menus

More photos of the menus

Even if Samsung is able to pull this off, we are quite eager to see how this entry-level hardware running the Samsung Experience overlay.

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