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, which includes data specials created for Android Go smartphones.

The devices are priced below R1,000 and are part of the company’s plan to migrate customers to 3G and 4G handsets.

Vodacom said that of the 30 million sub-R1,000 smartphones sold in South Africa, only half a million are 4G-enabled.

The new smartphones which support Android 8.1 Go are below.

Huawei Y3 2018 (4G)

  • Display – 5-inch
  • Front Camera – 2MP
  • Rear Camera – 8MP
  • Chipset – MT6737M
  • RAM – 1GB
  • Storage – 8GB
  • Battery – 2,200mAh
  • Price – R999

Huawei Y3

Vodacom Smart Kicka 4 (3G)

  • Display – 4-inch
  • Front Camera – 0.3MP
  • Rear Camera – 2MP
  • Chipset – MT6580M
  • RAM – 512MB
  • Storage – 4GB
  • Battery – 1,500mAh
  • Price – R399

Vodacom Android Go


Vodacom Vaya promotions

Vodacom also launched tailored promotions for its Android Go devices, which offer monthly data bundles and data for the lightweight YouTube Go application.

Vodacom’s Vaya promotions are listed below.

4G Devices

  • 200MB per month for three months.
  • 250MB YouTube Go daily data for three months.
  • Customers will have to recharge with R29.00 every 30 days to unlock the data promotion.

3G Devices

  • 100MB per month for three months.
  • 100MB YouTube Go daily data for three months.
  • Customers will have to recharge with R12.00 every 30 days to unlock the data promotion.

Vodacom said it plans to bring new 4G and 3G devices to its Vaya programme in the near future.


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