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What is Android One : All you need to know


In 2014, the first phones with Android One were rolled out in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and other South Asian countries. Android One launched in Nigeria in August 2015 with the Infinix Hot 2 X510 (1 and 2 GB RAM version) and became the first Android One in Africa.(source: wikipedia)

Android is the most widely used mobile operating system worldwide wide today. The operating system – a software that controls a device – from Google powers millions of Mobile devices and it comes in different versions, types and flavors-customized to suit a developer’s taste. Since inception, Android versions have had it’s names in an alphabetical order named against different desserts. More Recently is the Android P with the P for “pie”.

What is Android One

Android one logo
Credit: android.com/one

Android One – not to be confused with Android 1.0v the first Android OS version – was started by Google with a focus on entry-level devices for emerging markets. However it has evolved into Google’s principal mobile program.
Android One is developed on the regular versions starting in 2014, this means that Android One is not completely separate and independent of the regular versions. Android One therefore, isn’t a version of Android but a flavor of a particular version.Android One comes without any of the stuff that manufacturers like to bundle in – no skins, no duplicate apps, no additional services.

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How They Differ

Android one user interface
Credit: android.com/one

The difference here is that Google allows developers and phone manufacturers to customize the original versions when released, (reason for having android running on custom rom like MIUI for Xiaomi, hiOs for Tecno and XOS for Infinix). In the other hand, Android versions on Android one are shipped directly from Google and phone manufacturers cannot customize the OS. This means that when you buy an device running Android One, you won’t find any manufacturer’s own pre-loaded app, skin or additional services except Google’s own proprietary apps and services.

Secure and Up-to-date

Android One cannot be altered by thecompanies that make the phones, and only runs on certain smartphones. As a result you can be sure of having a secure and stable android version on your device with no bloatware. Android One phones will receive at least two years of OS upgrades with security patches, bug fixes, and manufacturer support. With the latest version of Android, you’ll get software that auto-adjusts to your needs, and helps you get things done more easily throughout the day.

Rounding up

If you’re contemplating getting a Android phone, one that is secure, guaranteed for security patches and version upgrades, an Android One device a the best option in the android market after the Google’s own pixel phones which can be quite pricey. Phones that are part of Google’s Android One program come with a couple big benefits, including stock builds of the latest version of Android and unmodified by the phone manufacturers.

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