Vodacom launches its first Android Go smartphones in South Africa

Vodacom has partnered with Google to launch its first Android Go smartphones in South Africa.

The company launched its new Vodacom Vaya programme at an event in Sandton, Johannesburg.

Android 8.1 Go Edition is a streamlined version of the Android 8.1 operating system, which retains the interface and core features of Android 8.1 while offering a smaller install size and less performance overhead.

The OS aims to offer a similar experience to the full version of Android on devices without high-end specifications.

Google Director of Android Platform Partnerships for Google in Africa Mahir Sahin said Android devices have to work well at all price points, which is why the company created Android 8.1 Go.

“We have made the OS as compact as possible and optimised the pre-installed apps that come with the device,” said Sahin.

Vodacom Vaya devices

Vodacom launched its new devices as part of its Vodacom Vaya proposition,

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