While software support till Android P was promised, the addition of three Xiaomi pre-installed programs has been questioned by many. Android One, when first started, promised a legitimate stock Android experience, and such program additions, are a rest away from this promise.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 comes with three Xiaomi programs – its camera program, Mi Store shopping portal site, and Mi Remote program. These additions fail to deliver on one promise that Android One was originally promoted with – pure Android experience. We proceed down memory lane to see what exactly Android One stands for, the smartphones it supports for today and the true difference between Android One and Android.
In 2014, Google’s afterward SVP, today CEO Sundar Pichai established the Android One stage during its yearly developer conference. The project aimed to provide a quality inventory Android experience in a sub-$100 (Rs. 6,000) price point, whilst also certifying the device to get an optimised Android experience. For Android One phones, Google provided the reference hardware design to such companies, also Android OS with all the promise of routine updates for a couple of decades.
6,299. In the time of launching, Pichai said that Android One stage was created with the Indian audience in mind. Finally, Android One premiered in a number of different countries like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Philippines, Bangladesh, Nepal, and a lot more.
Many Android phones have established in the interim, and many in the recent years have experienced mid-range specifications. With the Xiaomi Mi A1 launching on Tuesday, Google currently has a mid-range offering in the Indian Industry. Alongside, Google revealed that Android One currently stands for Simple (such as a searchable, non-bloatware interface), Smart (optimised for Google Assistant along with other Google services), Safe (protected by Google Play Protect), and also Fresh (promised updates).
In its own words, Google says, “When we started Android One in India back in 2014, the aim was to find the following billion people online by providing them with high quality, cheap phones. Since that time, the bigger community has told us that they appreciate what Android One stands to get over a selection of phones-a refreshingly simple software experience that is accessible, constantly fresh and remains ahead of this curve, with improvements to battery life, usability, and needless to say, security… As phone manufacturers continue to innovate by delivering high quality devices at accessible price points, keeping the inside of one’s phone innovative, clean and protected is critical to your terrific experience. We are extending our commitment to Android One by working with more partners to build phones which operate a software experience designed by Google…
In the last year, we have expanded the program to new spouses, geographies and price points. By way of instance, in Japan, Android One devices are among the best selling phones in SoftBank-owned Y!Mobile shops. General Mobile has committed a complete portfolio of Android One devices in Turkey, and recently released their fourth offering, the GM 6 .”
Later on, Lava entered the match with the Lava Pixel V1 in July 2015, and today Xiaomi has partnered with Google to start the Mi A1 Android One smartphone in the country powered from the Snapdragon 625 chip.
The biggest difference between Android and Android One is that the former is open source, and OEMs and producers can create as many changes as they need into the operating system. Android OS may be tweaked heavily, adding more features and also a customised skin to place the OEM besides others. The software and security updates can also be controlled by OEMs, and Google plays little role in it.
Android One stage essentially premiered to convert non-smartphone consumers into smartphone users. With that in mind, Google provides pure Android experience, and routine updates to compatible phones, limiting OEMs do the job. It sets a hardware regular too for OEMs, reducing work there also.
Google has also promised that all Android One phones will get software aid for a couple of decades, while for Android OS users, it is left to the OEMs’ discretion.