What is Android One?
Android One is a Google programme where it has partnered with Phone companies like Karbonn, Micromax & Spice; to create “high-quality” but low-cost Android smartphones. India is the first country where the company is launching Android One phones. Android One is an offering to create Affordable Smartphones so that Consumers who still use a feature phone, can plan to buy a Smartphone
How are Android One phones different from other Android phones? After all, other Android phones also use Google’s Android.
True, other Android phones also use Google’s Android. But barring the Nexus phones, most of these devices use AOSP version of Android, which is the barebones version of the OS. Different phone companies take on what is called the “AOSP” and then put their own user interface and apps in it. They also remove and add features. The end result of user interface thus varies from Phone to Phone. For high-end phones, these customisations work decently well. But in the low-end phones, which don’t have powerful hardware, the performance may suffer
So, Android One is different:
- It has, despite its similarities with the regular version of Android ; some extra customisation that makes it more suitable to low-end hardware/ devices
- It doesn’t have any third-party user interface or unnecessary features. It is the version of Android created by Google. This means when you one buys an Android One phone, you get the Android experience that Google itself has designed for you
- Google essentially finalises the hardware and software for Android One devices
- More importantly, Google is also responsible for delivering software updates to Android One phones
This means that Android One phones to get latest version of Android (next Android version is Android Lollypop, for instance) without much delay. Google commits that every Android One phone will get updates for at least two years.