Android One is Coming to the USA

I’m quite certain that “stock Android” doesn’t even exist anymore, but if a new report by The Information (via The Verge) turns out to be true, it will nonetheless be good news for Android users on a budget.

In case you didn’t know, Android One is an initiative by Google originally targeted for the developing world. Just as the Nexus program was once thought of as a reference device for app developers, Android One is likewise meant to standardize hardware and software for low-end phones. For example, first-generation Android One phones in India had the following minimum specifications:

4.5 inch (480 x 854 pixels) IPS display
1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor
1 GB of RAM / 4 GB of storage
Up to 32 GB of expandable storage via microSD
5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash / 2 megapixel front camera
Wi-Fi, 3G, GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth, GPS
1700 mAh battery

Software too is standardized—and this for me is the best thing about Android One. Under the program neither OEMs nor operators are allowed to customize the UI (though carriers can add their own apps), and Google itself handles security and OS updates directly.

For us here in the west Android One would mean that the cheap prepaid phone you get at your local drug store or gas station doesn’t necessarily have to suck. I have no issues with that.

Look for Android One devices to appear in U.S. sales channels this summer.

Source: The Verge

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