Android One made a comeback of sorts after a long period of silence courtesy Xiaomi with the reveal of the Mi A1 smartphone in India. Till Android P software support has promised, the addition of three Xiaomi pre installed apps has questioned by many.
What is Android One? Things to know about it:
When first launched it promised a true stock Android experience, and these app additions are a break away from that pledge.
With three apps, the Xiaomi Mi A1 comes that is its camera app, Mi Store shopping portal, and Mi Remote app. On one promise, these additions fail to deliver that it has originally marketed with pure Android experience.
To see what correctly it stands for, we go down memory lane, the smartphone it supports for now, and the real variation between Android One and Android.
What Android One means:
Android One platform has launched by the Google then SVP in 2014, now CEO Sundar Pichai at its annual developer conference. At a sub $100 that of Rs 6,000 price point the project aimed to provide a quality stock Android experience while also carrying the device for an optimised Android experience.
Google provides the reference hardware design to these companies for Android One phones as well Android OS with the promise of regular updates for two years.
Micromax, Karbonn and Spice are the first manufacturers to launch Android One device in India in September 2014 with prices starting as low as Rs 6,299. Pichai at the time of launch said that Android One platform has made with the Indian audience in mind.
Android One launched in other countries also:
In many other countries like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Philippines, Bangladesh, Nepal and much more the Android One has launched.
In the several interim phones has launched and several in the recent past have had mid range specifications. Google has a mid range offering in the Indian market with the Xiaomi Mi A1 launch on Tuesday.
Now the Android One stands for simple, smart and fresh, Google has revealed. “When we launched it in India back in 2014, the goal has to get the next billion people online by offering them with high quality, affordable phones. Since then, the larger community has told us they value what it stands for across a range of phones a refreshingly simple software experience that it accessible price points, keeping the inside of one phone innovative, fresh and secure is critical to a great experience. We have to extend our commitment to Android one by working with more associates to build phones that run a software experience created by Google.
In the past year, we have expanded the program to new associates, geographies and price points. For example, in Japan, the devices are amid the top selling phones in SoftBank owned Y!Mobile stores. General Mobile has pledged a full portfolio of the devices in Turkey and recently released their fourth offering, the GM6.”
Android One phone list:
In India, the Micromax Canvas A1, Karbonn Sparkle V, and Spice Dream Uno have the first Android One smartphones launched. Later, with the Lava Pixel V1 in July 2015, Lava entered the game, and now Xiaomi has combined with Google to launch the Mi A1 Android One smartphone in the country powered by the Snapdragon 625 processor.
General Mobile 4G, General Mobile 6, General Mobile 5 Plus, Infinix Hot 2X510, Cherry Mobile One G1, Sharp S1, Sharp 507SH, Bq Aquaris A4.5, Sharp X1, and more has launched to further the Android One initiative.
Android One vs Android:
The former is open source, this is the biggest difference between the Android, and Android One and OEMs and manufacturers can make as many changes as they want to the operating system. Adding more features, Android OS can tweak slowly and a customised skin to set the OEM apart from others.
And by the OEMs the software and security updates also regulated, and Google plays little part in it. To convert non-smartphone users into smartphone users, its platform primarily launched. Google offers pure Android experience with that in mind and regular updates to compatible phones, limiting OEMs work. For OEMs reduce the work and sets s hardware standard.
The phone gets software support for two years; Google has promised while for Android OS users, it has left to the OEMs discretion.