Google, in partnership with Xiaomi has unveiled a new phone in India called the Xiaomi Mi A1. It is the first phone from Xiaomi to feature the Android One operating system.
Google, in partnership with Xiaomi has unveiled a new phone in India called the Xiaomi Mi A1. It is the first phone from Xiaomi to feature the Android One operating system. It is a special OS developed by Google to bring the pure Android experience to budget smartphones. Google CEO Sundar Pichai who was the SVP for the company back in 2014 had launched the Android One platform at its annual developer conference. It was aimed to provide a quality stock Android experience at a sub-100$ (Rs 6,000) price point. For Android One phones, Google had promised to provide regular updates for two years and also supplied reference hardware design to these companies, reported NDTV.
The first companies to introduce Android One devices in India were Micromax, Karbonn, and Spice in September 2014. The prices for these smartphones started as low as Rs 6299. At the time of launch said that Android One platform was made with the Indian market in mind.
Since then, several Android phones have been launched with mid-range specifications. With the launch of Xiaomi Mi A1 on Tuesday, Google now has mid-range offerings for the Indian market. As per the report, Google revealed that Android One now stands for Simple (for an uncluttered, non-bloatware interface), Smart (optimised for Google Assistant and other Google services), Secure (protected by Google Play Protect), and Fresh (promised updates).
What are the phones under Android One?
In India, the first smartphones to have Android One were Micromax Canvas A1, Karbonn Sparkle V, and Spice Dream Uno. Afterwards, Lava also joined the list with the launch of Lava Pixel V1 in July 2015. The recent players in the game is Xiaomi that has partnered with Google to launch Mi A1 Android One smartphone in the country powered by the Snapdragon 625 processor.
The other smartphones with Android One initiative that were launched in other countries but India are General Mobile 4G, General Mobile 5 Plus, General Mobile 6, Infinix Hot 2 X510, Cherry Mobile One G1, Bq Aquaris A4.5, Sharp S1, Sharp 507SH amongst many.