Considered one of Google’s large tasks for 2018 is Android Move, a lite model of Android 8 Oreo this is optimized for telephones with 1 GB of RAM or much less. Android head Hiroshi Lockheimer teased a number of Android Move units coming at MWC 2018 and lately Alcatel offered the primary one.
The Alcatel 1X seems and feels as “funds” as you’d be expecting from a telephone that retails for 100 euros, however its saving grace may well be the truth that it in truth runs Oreo. That’s now not one thing that may be stated about maximum telephones available in the market, together with some that value seven instances greater than the 1X.
How just right is Oreo Move version at the Alcatel 1X? In case you have been hoping for the solution to be “easy as butter,” you’re in for a unhappiness. Regardless of the optimizations and down-sizing, there’s a jankiness to the Alcatel 1X you simply can’t get round. Loading the hot apps takes a noticeable second and there are common cases of lag when scrolling during the app drawer or thru a webpage.
However! This can be a telephone that prices lower than some folks spend on a case! But even so the 1 GB of RAM, the telephone includes a quad-core MT6739 processor clocked at 1.28 GHz, 16 GB of onboard garage and a 5.3-inch 18:9 “VGA+” show. Taking into account those specifications, it’s in truth spectacular to look Android 8.1 Oreo within the About phase of the settings, and it’s much more spectacular that Oreo Move version is totally serviceable. One more thing to bear in mind is that the telephones we examined on the Alcatel pre-briefing have been pre-production gadgets, which means there’s nonetheless time for the corporate to stamp out efficiency problems ahead of the general public liberate.
The working device is simply part of the Android Move platform – the opposite primary part is a collection of slimmed-down Move apps, together with Assistant Move, YouTube Move, and Recordsdata Move. We weren’t in a position to check those apps widely, however in our little while with them, they did the task simply superb. You gained’t get the whole enjoy you get with the common variations, however that’s now not in point of fact the purpose of the Move platform.
Android Oreo Move version addresses one of the largest issues that plague the low-end of the Android smartphone marketplace, which is the truth that shoppers infrequently get the most recent model of Android out of the field. The opposite large problems are the loss of safety patches and the loss of OS updates. The 1X is a combined bag on this regard: Alcatel says it’ll obtain “common Android safety updates, on a minimal quarterly foundation.” That’s inferior to the per 30 days cadence that high-end telephones be offering, but it surely’s a step above what affordable Android telephones have introduced thus far in the case of updates, which is to mention, not anything. Sadly, Alcatel had not anything to proportion on the subject of OS updates.
Leaving Android Move version apart, the Alcatel 1X is available in a couple of variants, relying in the marketplace: 1 GB or 2 GB of RAM, single-SIM or dual-SIM, fingerprint sensor or no fingerprint sensor, 8 MP digicam or 13 MP digicam, or even Google Assistant and no Google Assistant.
The type with 2 GB of RAM options Face Key, a camera-based facial popularity function. Whilst it’s now not as protected as PINs, patterns, or fingerprints, Face Key labored beautiful rapid and reliably in our time with the telephone.
To be had in a couple of colours beginning in April, the Alcatel 1X will get started from 99 euros for the single-SIM model and 109 euros for the dual-SIM type.
On the finish of the day, Alcatel and Google controlled to position 2018 tool on 2018 hardware and made them paintings in combination harmoniously, kind of. We sit up for seeing what different producers have been in a position to reach with Android Move. Keep tuned for extra protection from MWC 2018 within the coming days.