The lunch of Android One by Google is no more a news. If you are just hearing of Android One for the first time, …well I don’t know.
So why should I care about android one?
First, let’s make sure we understand what Android One is.
You probably know that Android OS is an Open Source Project, which means that android phone manufacturers can tweak the OS however they like. That’s why you get different interface across android phones running the same android OS version. Samsung do take this to the extreme. Sometimes when I operate a high-end Samsung android smartphones, I do wonder if this is actually an android phone or another OS I don’t know yet.
While this may not be much of an issue with high-end smartphones, it is quite an issue with low-end android smartphones because of their hardware which is not so strong to handle such tweaks. And this is why you don’t often get system updates on low-end android smartphones.
Android One is the opposite of what the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) is. Android One will be managed exclusively by Google. Which means you get the android on your phone the way Google released it and not the android that android phone manufacturers what you to have. This implies that Android OS will have a uniform interface across all android phones running Android One and you won’t be bothered with the unnecessary feature that android phone manufacturers do add to their smartphones.
It also means that you will get new versions of Android as soon as new versions are available because Google has promised regular updates across all android phones running Android One irrespective of the level of the android phone, for a minimum of two years.
According to Google, the essence of Android One is to create a high-quality but low-cost android smartphones. Android One project is aimed at creating affordable smartphones for billions of people around the world who are still using feature phones.
Google has partnered with Infinix to bring Android One to Nigeria.
Infinix Hot 2 is the Infinix android phone and the first of all infinix phones that will be running Android One. Infinix Hot 2 will be running the latest version of Android One which is Lollipop. It’s key specs include 1GB RAM, 16GB ROM, 5 inch display, 8-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front camera. Infinx Hot 2 was lunched in Nigeria two day ago. You can find out more about Infinix Hot 2 here.
Another advantage of Android One
Following the lunch of Android One, MTN Nigeria has announced a new android data plane for android phones running Android One. The new MTN android data plan will go for N500 for 1GB of data for one month, which is the cheapest android data plan so far in Nigeria.
To subscribe to the data plan, simply send A1 to 131.
Note, you need to have have Infinix Hot 2 (which is still the only Android One smartphone in Nigeria) in other to enjoy this data plan. Check out the different colours of Infinix Hot 2 here.