In addition with Android L a lot of new things were revealed to us in Google I/O 2014. Android One (previously rumored as Android Silver..?) was revealed by Google, in a effort to help its OEM partners to stay ahead of the competition.
Currently smartphone manufacturers are force to stay ahead by releasing a new smartphone every 9 months, but with Android One. Google will be releasing a new high quality hardware and software reference platforms. This will help the companies to save money and time by having the correct hardware to include in their devices at the time of launch.
Android One will cause all OEMs in its system have a generalized set of resources for creating smartphones, which will result in a much more standardized method for smartphone development.
Software-wise, Android One devices will be running close to stock Android and receive Play Auto Installs, similar to the current Nexus devices.
At the event, Google showed a device called a Micromax Android One smartphone which included features such as Dual Sim, Micro SD Card Slot, 4.5 inch Display and FM radio, and cost less than $100US. With these spec/price range, Android One has some serious potential to reach those who currently doesn’t own smartphones, which is the main goal of the initiative.
What do you think of this initiative? Definitely it will result in lower priced devices with decent specifications.