In 2014 Google launched “Android One”, a program that should help the operating system on unbeatable low-cost hardware in emerging and developing countries. The trick: Android can not be manipulated or modified by the manufacturers of the phones, Google itself has control over the software and can so quickly provide updates and security patches. A good idea, however, is not really up.
Already a year later Google announced the second phase of the project with telephones for a price of under 50 US dollars. There was little or nothing heard of this advance either.
Totally, Android One is not. The latest device comes from Xiaomi, Mi Ai and costs almost 200 euros. It will soon be sold in India. Google apparently wants a new strategy with Android One: more markets, even those in which a selling price, which is otherwise reserved for medium-class devices, is paid by humans.
The equipment can be quite impressive. Sure, such designs can be a manufacturer like Xiaomi loose from the drawer, this business has been learned in domestic China and meanwhile also other countries such as India. 5.5 “display (1080p), 4 GB RAM, 64 GB memory, dual camera, Snapdragon 625: Everything is not bad.
The Mi Ai not only comes from India, but also in 40 countries, including Russia, Poland, Mexico, Vietnam and Indonesia. Even more cheap hardware one wants to from the coming year with Android Go.