Leaked images have shown that the unreleased Samsung Android Go phone runs Samsung’s Experience UI just like its other phones. As you can see from the images below, the app icons, navigation buttons, and quick settings are that of Experience UI.
Apart from the UI being different, the phone comes with a mix of Android Go and Samsung apps. There is Maps Go, Android Go, and Gmail Go. It also comes with Facebook Lite. The Samsung apps are a replacement for some Android Go apps. For example, there is Smart Manager instead of Files Go and Samsung Max instead of Google’s Datally app.
The Android Go device is expected to launch as the Galaxy J2 Core. Even with the thick bezels, Samsung has opted for on-screen buttons. There is a single camera and LED flash on the rear. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition) as expected but with December’s security patch.
With Samsung applying its own skin to Android Go, we won’t be surprised if other manufacturers find a way to skin their UI and follow suit.