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Old 17. Sep 2014, 08:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Android One could change the game

The Android One line of phones is a Google project that wants to reach “the next five billion users” by targeting emerging markets and India is the first country to launch them. There are different vendors, but the specs are the same: Quad-core 1.3 GHz Mediatek CPUs, two cameras (5 MP rear and 2 MP front), and 1 GB of RAM. Finally, they also pack two SIM cards and a microSD card slot, as well as a removable battery. They aren't the best equipped phones but promise to offer fluid software and hardware and OS updates that come straight from Google for up to 2 years (just like the Nexus devices). The Android One phones cost around €90 (give or take).

http://www.android.com/one/

The real deal here is that if you don't like Google or the stock Android because of the numerous Google apps it packs, MediaTek has just released the full kernel source for its SoC on Google’s Android repo, so any Linux junkie with programming skills can tweak the system as they please or create a new ROM just like CyanogenMOD.

I don't live in india, but I'd like to hear from someone there to let me know if it is as good as it sounds. I'd definitely sign up to this initiative, as carrying around a €200 - €600 smartphone is not the smartest thing to do nowadays.
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Old 18. Sep 2014, 09:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Android One is an interesting move, but paying 100 dollars for a decent phone is not a new thing:

http://www.cnet.com/news/alternative...d-one-in-asia/

The only really interesting thing about One are the official updates the user will get for 2 years, although I never trusted legal terms and the "Receives automatic Android updates for up to 2 years." makes me wonder why they included the "up to" term and what the specific conditions are.

The second thing that intrigued me is the inclusion of a SD Card slot, as Google rendered the SD Card almost useless in KitKat and now seems to support it, even though Android "L" is just around the corner. Does it mean "L" will get rid of the stupid SD Card limitations of its predecessor?

We'll just have to wait and see what happens in the months to come.
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Oh boy, I never considered some of the fine print about the updates or the sdcard thing, but now that you mention it, I wonder how Google will address thoses issues. I don't remeber where I read it, but there was and article saying android L will update the external sdcard r/w permissions.

There are phones that cost about the same as the one series, but they are stuck to the version they come installed with, which IMO is not a good approach.

The other thing I would like to know is what markets will follow after India. There is a lot of potential around the world for this. Also, it would be awesome to see this trend expanding and Google issuing updates for any device, anywhere, for at least 2 years in a similar way apple does.
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The Android One line of phones is a Google project that wants to reach “the next five billion users” by targeting emerging markets and India is the first country to launch them. There are different vendors, but the specs are the same: Quad-core 1.3 GHz Mediatek CPUs, two cameras (5 MP rear and 2 MP front), and 1 GB of RAM. Finally, they also pack two SIM cards and a microSD card slot, as well as a removable battery. They aren't the best equipped phones but promise to offer fluid software and hardware and OS updates that come straight from Google for up to 2 years (just like the Nexus devices). The Android One phones cost around €90 (give or take).

http://www.android.com/one/

The real deal here is that if you don't like Google or the stock Android because of the numerous Google apps it packs, MediaTek has just released the full kernel source for its SoC on Google’s Android repo, so any Linux junkie with programming skills can tweak the system as they please or create a new ROM just like CyanogenMOD.

I don't live in india, but I'd like to hear from someone there to let me know if it is as good as it sounds. I'd definitely sign up to this initiative, as carrying around a €200 - €600 smartphone is not the smartest thing to do nowadays.
A couple of years ago i got an entry level android phone for 50 quid new and haven't had a single problem with it so far, it's small and compact and is currently functioning as a wi-fi hotspot along with being a phone. Granted it has nowhere near the spec of this new Android One device, but it's perfectly suited to my needs, my point being that you don't need to spend a ton of money to get a perfectly good Android phone. The spec you get on this Android One sounds sweet, a bargain certainly for the UK market but sadly out of reach for most of the developing world at the moment. It's great to see the industry trying to make decent devices more affordable (the new Tesco hudl mark two being a good example), but i have to wonder if the industry is too focused on bells and whistles over durability. I expect time will tell.

For myself i mostly use the phone as...well...a phone but it makes a decent alarm clock too. For anything that requires more serious number crunching power i use my Nexus 7, laptop or my desktop.

Incidentally, most of the Google bloat that comes with stock droid can be removed with the Clean Master free app, but at your own risk. If peeps don't know how to restore their device to its pristine state then they should find out before stripping stuff out. Clean Master has a variety of other useful functions btw, an excellent little app. Peace out
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