110 Features in Google’s Android One Lightweight Mobile OS
2Google Developed Android One for Emerging Markets
Android One is designed for emerging markets. Google needed to strip away some of Android’s resource-intensive features and reduce its data consumption so it could work on basic mobile handsets. Android One devices are essentially running a stripped-down Android that can work affordably on poor quality networks with high data costs.
3Sounding a Death Knell for Feature Phones
4Google Apps Are Built-In
Google offers its many cloud applications on Android One. Users will find Google Chrome and the Google Play marketplace in the operating system search and Gmail. It’s a smart move by Google. In some cases, Android One enables users to get on the Internet to access data and applications for the first time. By bundling its apps, Google is conditioning those people to use its services over the long term.
5A Standard User Interface Experience
Unlike the standard Android, which allows mobile device makers and service providers to create proprietary user interfaces, Android One’s operating system delivers a uniform user interface regardless of handset vendor. That means the standard Android One user interface will look the same any device customers acquire. That’s a big change from standard Android.
6It Has Built In Power Saving Features
Since power concerns are major in emerging markets, Android One devices all come with a software-based battery saver feature. According to Google, the battery saver switches on whenever the battery is running low and is capable of adding up to 90 minutes to the device’s charge by turning off non-essential resources.
7Google Helps Users Save Data
Data usage and storage can be costly in emerging markets. So Android One devices also have software features that let users see how much data they’ve used so they can turn off their data usage whenever they get close to their limits. Mainstream Android also alerts users whenever they near data limits so they don’t mistakenly go over.
8Don’t Look for High-Powered Third Party Apps
With Google Play’s help, Android One devices can be enhanced with a host of outstanding third-party apps. However, since Android One is designed to be a lightweight ecosystem, the third-party apps it supports are not overly sophisticated or consume lots of data. In some cases Android One apps strip away features to consumer less data. It’s a necessary concession in order to run a smartphone on a budget.
9Google Works With Local Carriers
To get Android One to users in emerging markets, Google orchestrates many things behind the scenes. The company works with local carriers to get their networks up to speed and finds device makers willing to build handsets that support Android One. It then aids developers to create apps that can work on its stripped-down operating system.
10Hardware Features Are Scaled Back
While Android One hardware has basic designs by necessity, the handsets meet the needs of most customers in emerging markets. Most of the devices come with displays ranging between 4 and 5 inches and offer low-powered Cortex processors. Users will find front- and rear-facing cameras, but they deliver lower image resolution than the typical mainstream Android handset. Android One devices also usually have lower-capacity batteries and limited onboard data storage. Most of the handsets cost around $100.
11Where Android One Is Showing Up
Google’s Android One is currently available in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Nepal, among others. While Google plans to continue to roll out Android One in emerging markets, a recent report from The Information said that the company is also planning a U.S. launch. However, it’s unlikely that Google can’t bring handset prices down to $100. So North American buyers should expect to pay between $200 and $300 for the handsets, according to the report. Android One could be coming to the U.S. in the late winter or early spring.