Android One is one of Google’s so many innovations
Google has so many developments, many terms and names that an average internet/smartphone user can hardly keep up with. The one that seems confusing the most has to be that of the ones we come across in the mobile phone. Ever since Google brought Android up, Turning off your mobile (Off) became shutdown, Wallpaper/themes became launchers and so on. As basic as Shutdown and launchers can be, chances are there are still some Android users that still don’t understand what they really mean. While they will understand Off and Wallpaper.
That is how confusing the new tech world can be with lots of strange terms. But here in this article, we will be looking at something a bit mysterious, its called “Android One”. We see some mobile devices with Android One inscribed on the back and we wonder what that could mean. It’s not like anyone that buys these devices is part of a fraternity or association but on the other hand, it can also be seen that way too.
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What is Android One?
Android One is an Android programme originally designed for first-time smartphone users in emerging markets but has now moved to the global audience. It was first introduced at Google’s I/O developer conference in 2014. According to Wikipedia, Android One is a series of smartphones that run the unmodified Android operating system. It is a hardware and software technical standard created by Google intended to provide a consistent user experience and improved security through frequent updates and Google Play Protect. Being part of Android One brings with it a guarantee that it’s a solid and stable version of Android that’s not loaded with other apps, services, and bloatware. Android One devices are stock Android phones made by OEM partner manufacturers. What this means is that Android One devices are “Pure Android Phones” running the “unmodified Android O.S” (just the way Google made Android) but produced by other Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) like Nokia, Infinix and the likes rather than Google like with Google Pixel XL.
The benefits/features of Android One are:
- At least two years of Android OS upgrades.
- Regular security updates.
- Built-in Google Play Protect security software.
- The full suite of Google Apps.
- Optimized for Google Assistant where available.
- No bloatware.
What does Android One feature?
Android One is described as “the purest form of Android.” With it, you get “the best version of Android, right out of the box”, according to Google. Basically, it’s stock Android loaded with Google goodness, offering all the features of the core operating system. Most importantly, Android One comes without any of the stuff that manufacturers like to bundle in – no skins, no duplicate apps, no additional services.
Android One guarantees Google support
With Android One, your device will receive up to two years of upgrades to the latest version of Android. This is the best part for me. It means that if you buy an Android One device on Oreo, you should end up with Android Q. You therefore don’t need to endlessly wait for your device’s manufacturer to roll out updates, as the manufacturer doesn’t have much to do with the software.
With an Android One device, manufacturers don’t alter the software at all, making it easy for Google to issue upgrades. In addition to all this, you get three years of Android monthly security updates.
You get Google software like Google Duo, YouTube, and Maps – in fact, the full suite of Google services. Android One phones also come with built-in Google Play Protect, which helps ensure that your apps are secure. It will protect against malware.
Android One phones are optimized for Google Assistant, so you can use Google’s helper to text a friend, find your car keys and do all the things you can do with Assistant on other devices.
Manufacturer hardware support
This one might sound odd, but Android One also offers support for hardware elements of a manufacturer’s device. Android devices are so varied in form the Android One programme allows the addition of some hardware features with the software to control them.
For example, the HTC U11 Life added a squeezable frame so there’s software support for that. You’ll also get manufacturers own camera apps – the company who makes the phone doesn’t have to use the basic Android camera, they can use their own. You’ll find this in the HTC U11 Life, for example, with HTC’s camera in place.
Generally, Google is so concerned about the security of its OS. The major disadvantage Android has over other operating system is security. The Android One is just the most secure form of android. It is android the way Google wants it. The major advantage of Android one is that you get security updates every month and you can upgrade to at least the next 2 versions of Android. The software will be secured by Google as the OEM has no right to alter it. It is the purest and the best form of android.
With all the mutual relationship and support from Google to OEM, User’s Device and User, it now looks like a fraternity, right?