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Android One Rumored to Arrive in the US Later This Year

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There are reports circulating online that Google is planning to bring Android One to the US. The report stems from The Information, who says the first devices could enter US shores in the later part of the year.

If you've never heard of Android One, they are a series of devices Google has produced in the past three years. These devices have a price tag of between $200 and $300. They are intentionally created to meet the demands of low-cost smartphones in developing countries such as India. Despite being a low-budget device, Google has made sure that these devices ran clean and quick versions of Android. 

Since they were made by Google, they regularly received updates and security fixes. Most Android devices currently available in the US usually ship with outdated software. And if that's not the case, it takes the phone manufacturer a while before they launch the latest Android updates. Compared with this, it looks like Google could be making a wise move.

It's important to note that these devices don't really have powerful specs. The minimum specs on the first generation Android One devices launched in India included a 4.5-inch IPS display, 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, up to 32GB microSD card memory expansion, a 5MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, 2MP front camera, and a 1,700 mAh battery. Although they came with Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and GPRS/EDGE, these devices were only equipped with 3G bands instead of 4G.

The first batch of Android One devices made a debut in India back in September 2014. These devices were manufactured by local companies and cost $105. Ever since then, Google has launched other Android One devices in other countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Nigeria, Ghana, Turkey, Portugal, and Spain. If ever it launches in the US, there's still no word as to who Google will partner with to manufacture these devices. But if you're in the market for a burner phone or a cheap device to use with a prepaid SIM, Android One looks like a good choice. 


Source: OpenAttitude

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  1. The best budget friendly phone is year old flagship.

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    1. Whose budget? A year old flagship is around $400 at least.

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  2. With the Nexus phones done, and Pixel phones full priced flagship priced, this will be welcomed by people who want timely updates and don't want to break the bank for a cell phone.

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  3. 5MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, 2MP front camera??? What? Are they in 2010?

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    1. Those are the specs of the first generation Android One devices launched in India in 2014 for less than $100.

      The third generation Android One devices launched 2016 in Turkey and Japan with a Snapdragon 617 SOC, 2 or 3 GB of RAM, 13 MP cameras and prices between $150 and $300. I expect the US models to have similar or better specs.

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    2. That sounds a lot like the Moto G4 Plus 64GB I picked up on sale for $230 last month. Great phone that can be used on any US carrier (only complaint is it's too big - would've gotten the Play model if they'd had a 4GB RAM version like the Plus). If I can get a phone this well equipped with regular security updates (Lenovo's only updating every several months as I understand it), then I'd be all over it.

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  4. You will find such low camera specs on many current budget models. It seems to be one way the manufacturers cut costs.

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    1. I don't it's much of as cost difference to them - they just want to "encourage" you to buy the more expensive device by making the cheap one less appealing.

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    2. That sounds like a baseless conspiracy conjecture, and ignores the reality that premium components cost a lot to create and manufactur.

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    3. yeah, a Lexus only costs Toyota $2000 to build. It's all a racket.

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  5. If these support all 4 carriers, I'll be so excited. Otherwise, just another inexpensive unlocked phone I won't be buying.

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  6. I read, in between the lines, that Pixels are not moving or plateaued and some fireworks in pipeline for Project Fi...!

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  7. Spending $300, or demanding that the latest version of Android be available for the hours to days lifetime of a burner phone is ridiculous. Thanks for the laughs!

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  8. I'm not impressed at all with the Android One. ZTE's ZMAX Pro has much better specs and is well below the 200.00-300.00 price point.

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    1. The ZTE ZMax Pro? Let's check it on Amazon:

      https://www.amazon.com/ZTE-Z981-Unlimited-Smartphone-Metro/dp/B01JJB4U5Q/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1484930749&sr=8-3&keywords=zte+zmax+pro

      Good reviews, and recent too.

      But it's half the $300 price you listed. What am I missing?

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  9. "I read, in between the lines, that Pixels are not moving or plateaued and some fireworks in pipeline for Project Fi...! "

    I'm looking forward to Project Fi expanding beyond meeting the needs of less than half of Americans.

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    1. How do you know what anyone "needs" (besides yourself, that is)?

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    2. Easy. Everyone makes choices based on their needs, Mike.

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    3. "meeting the needs of less than half of Americans." ..... Where did this conclusion come from, was the question, I believe.

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    4. It's based on what Americans choose based on their needs, Mike/Anonymous.

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  10. Project Fi needs some new devices.

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