WHAT HAP­PENED TO AN­DROID ONE?

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An­droid Go isn’t Google’s first at­tempt at cre­at­ing a stream­lined mo­bile op­er­at­ing sys­tem for low­cost, low-per­for­mance phones aimed at emerg­ing mar­kets. In 2014, Sun­dar Pichai, now Google’s CEO, launched An­droid One ( www.an­droid.com/one), a close-to-stock ver­sion of the OS that was free of bloat­ware and worked to a strictly de­fined hard­ware stan­dard.

The OS was con­sid­ered to be An­droid in its purest form, and al­lowed Google to push its own soft­ware up­dates to en­sure users could stay up to date with new apps and ser­vices. It guar­an­teed ac­cess to the Google Play Store and em­pha­sised speed while paving the way for the “next bil­lion” users in the world.

The fo­cus changed over time, how­ever, and to­day, An­droid One is avail­able on high-end hand­sets from man­u­fac­tur­ers in­clud­ing Nokia, HTC and Mo­torola. The goal is sim­ply to give users a pure An­droid ex­pe­ri­ence sanc­tioned by Google with­out any in­ter­fer­ence in the hard­ware de­sign process. As Google says, it’s “ev­ery­thing you want” (mean­ing a phone that pro­vides Google’s key ser­vices) and “noth­ing you don’t”.

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