29 December 2017
MediaTek is set to enter into a partnership with Google in order to optimise its chipsets for the latest version of Android, Android Nougat, v8.0. This is great news for OEMs as it’s one of the main reasons why MediaTek chipsets usually do not get the latest Android updates. This will simply a great deal of the certification process which device makers need to go through which often sways them away from releasing software updates.
Have you heard about Android Oreo Go Edition? Well, if you had paid attention, you would remember this from Google’s announcement of it at Google I/0. The good news is that it has been announced this week and is likely to reach the hands of Android device makers. So, what’s so good about it? It’s been stripped down to run on lower-end devices which feature512MB-1GB of RAM and takes just half the installation space than the standard version of Android Oreo. This will be a perfect opportunity for devices powered by MediaTek chips to run on Android Nougat.
It’s also supposedly reported to run 15% faster than compared to stock Android which will inspire manufacturers to churn out more budget devices with the latest software. As of now, the MediaTek SoCs which have support for Google’s cut down version of Android Nougat include the MT6739, MT6737, and MT6580. It seems like in time, we will see even try level devices running on the latest version of Android.