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What is Android One? Here’s a quick guide

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What is Android One?

Android One is an initiative to make good-quality smartphones accessible to as many people as possible. Google works with hardware partners to ship these devices in multiple countries around the world — India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, the Philippines, Turkey, Pakistan and Nigeria. Going forward all devices will come with the latest version of Android (Lollipop) and will continue to get updates as they are released.

Android One explained

Why Android One?

While 1.75 billion people around the world already have a smartphone, the vast majority of the world’s population do not. We are talking about over five billion. That means most people are only able to make simple voice calls, rather than connect with family through a live video chat, use mapping apps to find the closest hospital, or simply search the web. Google wants to bring these experiences to more people.

How does Android One work?

By merging good hardware with the latest software:

a) Good hardware: Android One phones have good processing power, so users can get information quickly. They have high-quality front and back cameras. Apps and videos take up storage space, so these smartphones have ample memory as well as a micro-SD slot to add more. Google also added features that people in emerging markets will find particularly useful. these include: dual SIM cards, a replaceable battery and built-in FM radio.

b) The latest software: To help ensure a consistent experience, Android One devices ship with the latest version of Android directly from Google. So users get all the latest features, up-to-date security patches, and peace of mind. Android One phones come with the latest and fastest version of Android and will automatically update to new versions.

Hopefully, now you have a clearer picture of what Android One is all about. Feel free to ask any questions that you may have.


  1. *smiles* Good initiative. Elroy, I like that your writing is crisp and brief such that it doesn’t waste my time; I could read about six posts in ten minutes.

  2. perhaps more importantly (for Google)
    – Android One will put Android in more hands, thus bringing in more search dollars
    – will reduce fragmentation significantly as devices in this price range rarely see updates from OEMs and thus continue to run on outdated versions of Android

  3. Add to that, Google will be putting more up-to-date, inexpensive devices into more hands in the developing world.

    Jimmy Wales said that the developing world’s use of mobile devices, especially the Android operating system which was bringing cheaper devices, was the one to watch.

    Now to see whether the likes of Tecno, Gionee and others will raise their game.

  4. I don’t see Sammy romancing Android One…I daresay her dream IS NOT to put affordable mobile devices in everyone’s hand *sic*

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