Report: Android One devices to get Lollipop as soon as next month
While Android One devices run on stock Android and are supposed to get quick updates to the latest version of the platform (e.g. Android 5.0 Lollipop), it would appear that the Nexus line is of higher priority for Google. Indeed, while the various Nexus devices have already started receiving the new software over-the-air, we only now hear about a possible imminent update for Android One devices.
Speaking for IndiaToday, Spice Mobility's CEO, Prashant Bindal, says that the company's Android One-based Dream Uno smartphone will get the Lollipop update in January 2015. Citing other, unspecified sources within Spice, the publication also points out that the update is already consumer-ready and user devices may start receiving it as soon as mid-December. Since all Android One devices run on identical hardware, signed off by Google, it is expected that when the update becomes available, all Android One-based devices will get it – regardless of brand.
In case you're unaware of what Android One is, it's a (relatively) new initiative from Google that seeks to put quality devices that run vanilla Android in the hands of as many people as possible through extremely-aggressive pricing. Current Android One partners include the likes of the aforementioned Spice, but also other Indian manufacturers – Micromax, Karbonn, Lava, Intex, Xolo. Currently, an Android One device like the Micromax Canvas A1 costs the equivalent of about $105 in India.