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There has been a lot of talk about the Android One in the last few days and the first Android One smartphones are already on sale in India, so I thought it was time to take a step back and look at this initiative as a whole. In this article, I will be writing about all the major details that any consumer should know about the Android One platform. This article should be a sufficient read for anyone looking to get acquainted with Android One and the relevant details.
What is Android One?
Let’s start with the basics, so what exactly is Android One. Is it a new operating system, a forked version of Android, a variant of Nexus platform or a newly discovered family of dinosaurs, ok may be not the last one.
Android One is an initiative from Google, which aims to help the smartphone makers in building affordable and quality Android phones. In Google’s words, it is a new family of Android devices, designed in collaboration with several manufacturers. All Android One devices run the latest version of Android, get software updates directly from Google, and come with a hardware package tuned for Android.
So, as you can see, Android One phones, for all intents and purposes, are like any other Android phone with latest version of Android on-board.
What are the benefits of getting an Android One smartphone?
Well, there are a few of them. First one is the regular and fast Android updates from Google. The software of Android One smartphones is managed by Google, so like Nexus smartphones, Android One phones too run on the latest version of Android and will get Android version updates within days of being officially unveiled by Google.
Second benefit is the affordability. The primary reason for Google to start Android One was to take smartphones to the mass market, to the consumers, who are still stuck on feature phones. Thus, Android One phones are and will always be affordable, priced around $100.
Third benefit is the presence of certified and chosen set of hardware in the phone. For Android One smartphones, Google will give the smartphone makers with a pre-vetted list of hardware components and final device will include hardware elements from this list. So, you don’t have to worry that the companies might use crappy components to drive the price-down. The hardware will always be tested and sufficient for a decent smartphone experience. In the first wave of Android One smartphones, there wasn’t much choice for the vendors to choose from, but Google states that going forward, the manufacturers will be given a broader set of components to build their Android One smartphones from, meaning more choice for consumers.
Lastly, the Android One smartphone get free data from telecom operators. In India, Google has partnered with Airtel to provide 200MB of free data for a period of six months to the prepaid account holders with Android One phones. This data can be used to download applications from Google Play. Also, the data used in downloading Android updates for the first six months will also be free but only up to 100MB.
Finally, Android One is a low cost line of consumer electronics devices that run the Android[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87)]operating system. It is a hardware and software standard created by Google for Android system and customers in the developing world, although later on it was made available in limited form in some developed nations as well.
India is the first country to release Android One devices. The devices are available in India from September, 2014.
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Android One was launched by https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sundar_Pichai&hl=en-IN" target="_blank">Sundar Pichai, Product Chief & Designated CEO of Google.https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_One&grqid=oiFqPq2k&hl=en-IN#a.cite_note-15" target="_blank">It has been noted that the initiative was created with Indian market as the basic standard. He was also noted saying that he has been using the device for 'quite some time' as his 'primary' device and it was a 'high-end computing device in every sense of the term'.
"With Android One we set the bar to be a great software experience and a great device. We really want to bring in a whole new set of people who have never tried a smartphone before"— Sundar Pichai.
He also stated that the initial set of devices share common hardware because they are based on the reference platform. An increasing range of devices will be launched in the future as Google expands this programme.
The First Generation Adroid One smartphones were by the Indian brands https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micromax_Mobile&hl=en-IN" target="_blank">Micromax, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spice_Digital&hl=en-IN" target="_blank">Spiceand https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karbonn_Mobiles&hl=en-IN" target="_blank">Karbonn in September 2014, first Android One preinstalled with https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_Lollipop&hl=en-IN" target="_blank">Android 5.0 Lollipop.
First Generation (Mediatek MT6582) – https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_Marshmallow&hl=en-IN" target="_blank">Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (currently).
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Along with Micromax Canvas A1, Spice Dream uno and Karbon Sparkle V Bangladesh also get local brand Symphony Roar A50.
The second generation Android One smartphones were by Indonesia brands https://en.m.wikipedia.org/w/index.php%3Ftitle%3DMito_mobile%26action%3Dedit%26redlink%3D1&hl=en-IN" target="_blank">Mito Impact, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/w/index.php%3Ftitle%3DEvercoss%26action%3Dedit%26redlink%3D1&hl=en-IN" target="_blank">Evercoss One X, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nexian&hl=en-IN" target="_blank">Nexian journey in February 2015. Second Generation (Snapdragon 410 and 617) – https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_Nougat&hl=en-IN" target="_blank">Android 7.1.2 Nougat (currently)
After a great hit of these devices into Indian markets, Google is all planning to collaborate with Xiaomi to launch its second-gen Android One smartphone “Xiaomi Mi A1”. The latest Xiaomi-developed Android One smartphone runs on stock Android instead of its own MIUI skin.
Xiaomi Mi A1
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Xiaomi A1 runs on pure Android UI.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat and comes with pure Android UI onboard. It ditches the MIUI interface, which the company has been touting in its handsets since years. Running Android One on the Mi A1 will result in quick OS updates, bug fixes and a clean interface. However, the Chinese tech firm has not yet gone the Lenovo way by ditching its UI completely. It has been also announced that the Mi A1 will be getting Android 8.0 Oreo and Android P as well. Sporting a 5.5-inch Full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) resolution display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass, the Xiaomi Mi A1 features a full-metal body with rounded edges. Under the hood, there is a mid-range octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, clubbed with 4GB RAM and Adreno 506 GPU.
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 617
Turkey: General Mobile 5 Plus
On February 22, 2016, General Mobile announced their second Android One phone at https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_World_Congress&hl=en-IN" target="_blank">Mobile World Congress. GM 5 Plus, which comes with the Snapdragon 617 octacore processor along with 3 GB of RAM, 13 MP cameras on both sides, a https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB_Type-C&hl=en-IN" target="_blank">USB Type-C port and 3100 mAh battery. It's the first Android One phone that has a USB Type-C port. GM 5 Plus is going to be sold in 16 countries firstly launching in Turkey in March.
SoC: Mediatek MT6737T
Turkey, Netherlands, Italy: General Mobile 6
The General Mobile GM 6 was announced at https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_World_Congress&hl=en-IN" target="_blank">Mobile World Congress 2017. It's a 5.0-inch 720p phone with 3GB RAM, a 3000mAh battery and a fingerprint scanner. It will also be sold in the Netherlands and Italy starting July 2017.
Source 1 : www.wikipedia.com
Source 2 :http://www.androidos.in/2014/09/android-one-everything-need-know