Google has decided to revive the Android One, changing its character. The first is the Xiaomi A1 A1, which will soon be joined by a smartphone not only from Motorola, but also from HTC. It seems that Google has a plan and wants pure Android for everyone.
Android One was created by Google in 2014. Its goal was to increase sales of Android phones in emerging markets. This was supported by a relatively good specification for relatively small amounts of money and optimized software coupled with its quick updates for which Google directly responded. A year later, the Americans lost enthusiasm for the project and considered its liberalization, which would naturally lead to the death of the program. However, Google has come to the conclusion that it is worth continuing this work and resurrecting Android One in a really good style .A week ago we officially got to know Xiaomi Mi A1, the first smartphone from this manufacturer that belongs to Android One. It differs from the vast majority of earlier phones in this program, as its technical equipment is typically mid-sized, and we had previously been dealing with devices with typically low-budget specifications. It seems that Google wants to slightly change the character of Android One and now will be owned by such smartphones as Xiaomi Mi A1 – well equipped and still relatively cheap, and of course working under pure Android control. Xiaomi Mi A1 is just the beginning. A few days ago we learned that Android One will join Motorola and create a smartphone based on the Moto X4. Now it turns out that the project will also include HTC, working on the model HTC U11 Life. It will appear in two variants, and one of them will be castrated from most Taiwanese applications. While on board we still find the Sense 9.0 overlay, which will cover Android Oreo, but it will be codenamed A1, so the changes in pure Android will probably be symbolic – exactly as it looks in Xiaomi Mi A1, where the manufacturer only gave a few of their own add-ons eg, camera application. The HTC U11 Life itself will come with a 5.2-inch Full HD screen, a Snapdragon 630, a 16-megapixel main camera and the same selfie camera. The fingerprint reader will be placed in a frame below the display. For the manufacturer's files the manufacturer will allocate 32GB of memory and the battery will have a capacity of 2600 mAh. There will also be support for Edge Sense (active frames), which should also go to the Android One variant – the same solution is Google Pixel 2. After all, I mentioned about the Pixel smartphones, it seems to me that Android One is now Something like an alternative for those people who want pure Android with quick updates, but can not afford them expensive Pixele either can not or do not want to buy them for another reason. If this is Google's plan, I strongly support him , because it is something lacking in the Android smartphone market. It would have been different if it had not been a distinct drop in Motorola's form, but it was another story. Source: @LlabTooFeR, Evan Blass, own elaboration