Meizu partners with Google for Android Go smartphones

 The Android Go (opens in new tab) platform gets another push forward with Meizu (opens in new tab), a Chinese smartphone brand, entering a partnership with Google (opens in new tab). Ard Bouldeing, the Head of Global Marketing for Meizu, announced that the company will be putting out affordable Android Go devices under its brand. 

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This news comes after the launch of the Meizu 15, 15 Plus and 15 Lite in China. These three variants run on Meizu’s own Flyme OS 7 that comes with heavy customizations. Android Go, on the contrary, is a lightweight version of Stock Android for phones that don’t necessarily have premium specifications.

Unfortunately, there are no other details about the phone at this time, like its price or availability. It’s unclear if the phone will even come to India at the end of the day. But, since it is an Android Go phone after all, it will probably run on 1GB RAM and have minimal inbuilt storage.

Users who’re antsy to try the new Android Go platform can try it out on the Nokia 1 (opens in new tab) and Lava Z50 (opens in new tab) in India. The Nokia 1 costs Rs 5,499 is, by-far, the cheapest smartphone in the brand’s portfolio. 

The Lava Z50, on the other hand, is even more affordable at the price of Rs 4,400 which can be lowered further if bought in cohesion with Airtel (opens in new tab) where users can avail a Rs 2,000 cashback. It was also the first Android Go smartphone to be available in India.

Even Micromax (opens in new tab) is going to launch the Bharat Go, but that isn’t expected to happen until later this year, speculatively in June. Its price is expected in somewhere in between the Nokia and Lava offerings at around Rs 3,000.

Prabhjote Gill is the Senior Journalist at Business Insider India. She covering everything space, tech and defence at Business Insider India. She is also in-charge of allocating stories to junior writers.