WHAT HAPPENED TO ANDROID ONE?
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”.