|Developer||Google and OEMs|
|Manufacturer||International and local manufacturers|
|Retail availability||September 2014 – present|
Fourth generation (Mediatek MT6737T and Snapdragon 625) – Android 7.1.2
Third generation (Snapdragon 425, 430, 435, 625) – Android 7.1.2
Second generation (Mediatek MT6582 and Snapdragon 410) – Android 7.1.2First generation (Mediatek MT6582) – Android 6.0.1
Android One is a low cost line of consumer electronics devices that run the Android operating system. It is a hardware and software standard created by Google for Android systems and customers in the developing world, although later on it was made available in limited form in some developed nations as well. Google manages the design, development, marketing, and support of these devices while all manufacturing are carried out by partnering original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Android One smartphones run software close to stock Android, no user interface customisation is possible. Security and system updates are handled by Google, avoiding problems some earlier phones have had with lacking security updates. The first set of Android One devices features MediaTek's quad-core MT6582 Mobile System-on-Chip (Mobile SoC).
Android One phones initially rolled out in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and other South Asian countries in 2014. The first Android One smartphones were by the Indian brands Micromax, Spice and Karbonn in September 2014, the second generation Android One smartphones were by Indonesia brands Mito Impact, Evercoss One X, Nexian journey in February 2015 and the first Android One preinstalled with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Other manufacturers including QMobile have launched an Android One device named QMobile A1, on July 6, 2015 in Pakistan. Android One launched in Nigeria in August 2015 with the Infinix Hot 2 X510 (1 and 2 GB RAM version) and became the first Android One in Africa. Infinix Hot 2 X510 was also exported to other African countries such as Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Kenya, Cameroon, Uganda, and also Asian countries such as United Arab Emirates, Pakistan and Indonesia (2 GB RAM version only). Other manufactures are to followgradually.
In 2016, Softbank announced that they will be the first carrier in Japan to introduce an Android One phone in the country, namely the Sharp 507SH which was released in late July 2016. The Netherlands and Italy are other developed countries where Android One is available on the market: retailer Media Markt sells Turkish smartphone brand General Mobile's 4G Android One devices in those two countries (as well as Turkey itself) since 2017.
Various news articles mention that the Android One standard also dictates minimum hardware requirements, but the actual list of minimum requirements doesn't seem to have been made available on the Internet.
Android One was launched by Sundar Pichai, Product Chief & Designated CEO of Google. It has been noted that the initiative was created with Indian market as the basic standard. He was also noted saying that he has been using the device for 'quite some time' as his 'primary' device and it was a 'high-end computing device in every sense of the term'.
|“||With Android One we set the bar to be a great software experience and a great device. We really want to bring in a whole new set of people who have never tried a smartphone before.||”|
|— Sundar Pichai|
He also stated that the initial set of devices share common hardware because they are based on the reference platform. An increasing range of devices will be launched in the future as Google expands this programme.
Android One has launched in the following countries for now and further expanding its budget range products in different geographical ranges of the world.
Along with Micromax Canvas A1, Spice Dream uno and Karbon Sparkle V Bangladesh also get local brand Symphony Roar A50. >
Micromax Canvas A1 is one of the initial Android One phones, which is manufactured by Micromax Mobile with the cooperation of Google. The Micromax Canvas A1 features Android 4.4.4 (KitKat) OS with a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and a 4.5-inch capacitive touchscreen. This device has 1 GB RAM, 4/8 GB internal storage (2.35/5.75 GB usable) and a Mali-400 GPU. In June 2015, Micromax rolled out a refreshed version of the Canvas A1 which had twice the internal storage and came with Android 5.1 Lollipop preinstalled. Both of them were recently updated to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
Karbonn Sparkle V runs on Android 4.4.4 (KitKat) and is upgradeable to 6.0.1 Marshmallow through OTA. It is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor. The device has dual SIM card slots, 1 GB RAM and 4 GB of internal storage and is powered by a Mali 400 GPU. The 4.5-inch display has a resolution of 480×854 pixels. It comes equipped with a 5 MP rear camera and 2 MP front camera. The device is equipped with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and a microUSB port. Its 1700 mAh battery reportedly delivers 160 hours of stand by time, and 8 hours of talk time. As part of the Android One initiative, the Karbonn Sparkle V would get automatic OTA updates to the latest version of the Android OS in line with Nexus and Google Play Edition devices. It is also the first Android One device ever to have become available in Europe. It has also been upgraded to Marshmallow.
The Spice Dream UNO (Mi-498) is powered by a MediaTek SoC with a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and Mali-400 GPU paired with 1 GB of RAM. It is a dual-SIM phone. It has a 4.5-inch screen with FWVGA (480×854 pixels) IPS LCD display. It was released with Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The new batch comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop and the old batch is upgradeable to Android 5.1. It has a 5 MP camera with an LED flash and ability to shoot full HD videos and a 2 MP front camera. It comes with 4 GB of internal storage and the option of adding a microSD card of up to 32 GB capacity. The phone is powered by a 1700 mAh Li-ion battery. Spice claims the battery will offer 10 hours of talk time and 160 hours of standby. Now it runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
It is the Android One device available for Indonesia. Based on Google's reference design, it has a 4.5-inch, 480x854 resolution IPS display, a MediaTek MT6582 SoC with 1.3 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU and Mali 400 MP2 GPU, 1 GB RAM, 1780 mAh battery, 5 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera, FM radio and dual SIM support. The new device does bear some minor improvements over the original three, namely that it has 8 GB of storage space instead of 4. The main attraction of the Mito Impact One is that it is running Android Lollipop out of the box. The device is available as of February 2015
It is the Android One device available for Indonesia at the price of Rp. 999,000 ($82). Based on Google's reference design, it has a 4.5-inch, 854×480 resolution IPS display, a MediaTek MT6582 SoC with 1.3 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU and Mali 400 MP2 GPU, 1 GB RAM, 1700 mAh battery, 5 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera, FM radio and dual SIM support. The new device does bear some minor improvements over the original three, namely that it has 8 GB of storage space instead of 4. The main attraction of the Evercoss One X is that it is running Android Lollipop out of the box.
Nexian Journey One is the Android One device available for Indonesia. Based on Google's reference design, it has a 4.5-inch, 854×480 resolution IPS display, a MediaTek MT6582 SoC with 1.3 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU and Mali 400 MP2 GPU, 1 GB RAM, 1700 mAh battery, 5 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera, FM radio and dual SIM support. The new device does bear some minor improvements over the original three, namely that it has 8 GB of storage space instead of 4. The main attraction of the Nexian Journey One is that it is running stock Android Lollipop out of the box. Nexian Journey One was launched on February 4 and claimed to be the first device launched with Android 5.1 Lollipop.
On June 23, 2015, Google announced the first Android One phone in Myanmar. The Cherry Mobile One, the Android One device from the Philippines, is the first to market in Myanmar. As with most Android One devices, it runs on a MediaTek MT6582 SoC, with a 4.5-inch, 480×854 resolution IPS display, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, a Mali-400 GPU, 5 megapixel-rear camera, 2 megapixel-front camera, FM Radio, and dual SIM support. The Cherry Mobile One will come with Android Lollipop 5.1.1 out of the box. It will be available in stores on June 26, 2015.
On July 6, 2015, Google has launched the QMobile A1 in Pakistan. The new Android One smartphone is readily available for purchase at retail stores across the country. The QMobile A1 brings a stock Android experience (Lollipop 5.1.1) to an affordable price point for those who simply cannot splash out on flagship devices. The QMobile A1 comes with a 1.3 GHz Quad core processor, a 4.5-inch IPS FWVGA screen, dual-SIM support, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB ROM and Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) pre-installed. The device also has a back camera of 5.0 MP along with a LED flash, a front camera of 2 MP and a 1700 mAh battery.
The Cherry Mobile One is the latest addition to the Android One family, marketed specifically for the Philippine market. As with most Android One devices, it runs on a MediaTek MT6582 SoC, with a 4.5-inch, 480×854 resolution IPS display, 1 GB of RAM, a Mali-400 GPU, 5 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera, FM radio and dual SIM support. The new device does bear some minor improvements over the original three, namely that it has 8 GB of storage space instead of 4 GB. Like the Mito Impact and the MyPhone Uno, the Cherry Mobile One will come with Android Lollipop 5.1.1 out of the box. On June 23, 2015, Google announced that the Cherry Mobile One will be sold in Myanmar.
Like the Cherry Mobile One, the MyPhone Uno is made with the Philippine market in mind, and shares similar specifications. The Uno, however, only comes with 4 GB of internal storage, but will also receive regular software updates. The MyPhone Uno shares the same design as the Micromax Canvas A1.
In July 2015, Lava launched the 3G phone Pixel V1 with a 1.3 GHz quad-core Mediatek MT6582 processor and 2 GB RAM. It recently got updated to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).
After being launched in Nigeria one month ago, Infinix Hot 2 X510 came into the Indonesian market as 2nd gen Android One phone on Sept 28, 2015. This Android One phone has some improvements over the 3 other Android One devices launched before. It has a 5-inch, 720 × 1280 resolution, 293 ppi, Capacitive IPS display surfaced with DragonTrail Glass; 2 GB RAM and 16 GB Internal ROM; 8 MP rear camera with single LED flash and 2 MP front camera; LED notification; 2200 mAh Li-ion battery and good stylish body with mirror looks back panel made from polycarbonate plastic. The other specifications are still the same with its predecessors. The Infinix Hot 2 uses a 6580 MediaTek SoC with a 1.3 GHz ARM Cortex A7 Quadcore processor and Mali 400MP1 GPU; FM Radio; Micro SD; in built GPS; and 3G dual micro SIM support. But the Infinix Hot 2 also lacks some features present in its predecessors such as no gyroscopes or a magnetic/compass sensor and no OTG USB support. The Infinix Hot 2 also doesn't support 4G LTE. The Infinix Hot 2 comes in multiple choices of colors: Gold, Black and White and much more. The Infinix Hot 2 also has the original pure AOSP 5.1 Lollipop pre-installed. It received Android 6.0 Marshmallow in January, 2016 and will get the next incremental Android version, which is scheduled by Infinix instead of Google directly.
On August 18, 2015, Infinix Mobility launched the Infinix Hot 2 in Lagos, Nigeria. The flagship smartphone which runs on Android One was first made available on Jumia, one of the largest online retail stores in Nigeria. Infinix Hot 2 comes with a 1.3 GHz Quadcore processor, 5-inch HD double glass screen, dual-SIM support, 16 GB ROM and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop pre-installed. It is in two variations with one having 1 GB RAM and the other having 2 GB RAM. It has a 2 MP front camera and 8 MP back camera. It received an update to Android version 6.0 during the early quarter of 2016.
In September 2015, BQ launched in Spain the Aquaris A4.5. It was the first of the second generation of Android One devices to become available in Europe.
It is a dual SIM 4G smart-phone with a 4.5-inch 540×960 pixel screen and a Dragontrail protective finish. The processor is a MediaTek MT6735M chip-set, with a 1 GHz quad-core CPU, two versions with 1 or 2 GB of RAM. Storage is set at 16 GB and it includes an expansion micro-SD card slot for up to 64 GB. The camera set-up consists of an 8 MP shooter on the back and a 5MP front one. The battery capacity is 2470 mAh and it runs Android 5.1.1 out-of-the-box with support and updates directly from Google.
On September 21, 2015, Google has announced the Aquaris A4.5 would also be sold in Portugal.
These devices are rebrands of the Longcheer L8150, which is based on the Qualcomm Seed reference design, explaining their similarities. A direct competitor, through based on a fully custom PCB design, is the Wileyfox Swift, which is available worldwide, officially supported by Wileyfox with recent Android versions and community supported with LineageOS ROMs.
Released on August 10, 2015, The Cherry Mobile One G1 is the third Android One smartphone released in the Philippines. The One G1 is a major upgrade when compared to other Android One devices in the country. It sports a 5-inch HD screen with Dragontrail glass, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (instead of a MediaTek processor), 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and 4G LTE capability.
On August 4, 2015 i-mobile launched the first Android One device in Thailand. The i-mobile IQ II has a 5.0-inch 1280×720 IPS display, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with 1 GB of RAM, 4G LTE (with dual SIM support), 16 GB of internal storage with expandable microSD card slot (max 32 GB), 2500 mAh removable battery, 8 MP back camera, and 2 MP front camera. It comes with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop pre-installed.
On May 12, 2015, Google announced the first Android One phone available in Turkey, becoming available in stores on May 15, 2015. The General Mobile 4G is also the first Android One phone that has a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 4G LTE support, using the LTE-capable Snapdragon 410, a 4-core processor running at 1.2 GHz with 2 GB of RAM.
On February 22, 2016, General Mobile announced their second Android One phone at Mobile World Congress. GM 5 Plus, which comes with the Snapdragon 617 octacore processor along with 3 GB of RAM, 13 MP cameras on both sides, a USB-C port and 3100 mAh battery. It's the first Android One phone that has a USB-C port. GM 5 Plus is going to be sold in 16 countries firstly launching in Turkey in March.
507SH is the first Android One phone launched in Japan. It is released by Y!Mobile, a subsidiary of Softbank, based on AQUOS U, another similar Sharp phone released by au KDDI. The phone includes numerous functionalities that are unique to Japan, including FeliCa, waterproof, and one-seg. Several other functionalities, like Emopa, were also originally planned to add to the phone, but were removed later as they might delay the software update.
The General Mobile GM 6 was announced at Mobile World Congress 2017. It's a 5.0-inch 720p phone with 3GB RAM, a 3000mAh battery and a fingerprint scanner. It will also be sold in the Netherlands and Italy starting July 2017.
In January 2017, Kyocera announced their first Android One phone for Japan. The S2 is waterproofed and sports a 5-inch HD screen with tempered glass. It was released with Android 7.0 and updated to Android 7.1 later in March 2017.
The S1 is Sharp's second Android One phone for Japan. It was released on February 24, 2017 in four different colors with Android 7.0 featuring a 5-inch 1920×1080 IGZO display.
Sharp's X1 was released on June 30, 2017 in Japan with Android 7.1.2. It has a 5.3-inch 1920×1080 IGZO display and is IP68 rated.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 was announced on September 5, 2017. It is a variant of the Mi 5X with narrower bezels. It ships with Android 7.1.2 Nougat and will receive a minimum of two years of OS upgrades, including an upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo by the end of 2017 and Android P in 2018. It has a 5.5" 1920 x 1080 display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla glass, a full-metal body with rounded edges, a fingerprint sensor, a 3080 mAh battery, a USB-C port, is powered by a Adreno 506 GPU, has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB flash memory. It is the second Android One device ever to have become available in Europe after the BQ Aquaris A4.5.
Unlike previous Android One smartphones that were limited only to their own respective countries, this Xiaomi Mi A1 is the first Android One smartphone that will be widely available in many countries (at least 36 others). With the release of the Xiaomi Mi A1 Google is bringing a unified and consistent hardware and software experience to the developing world.
The HTC U11 Life phone's move to the Android One program was announced on September 13, 2017. The rebranded HTC phone is the third (Following Xiaomi's Mi A1 and Motorola's Moto X4) mid-tier Android phone to join the Android One group of phones.
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