Android One rumored to be coming to the U.S. this summer with a $200 to $300 price tag

Android One rumored to be coming to the U.S. this summer with a $200 to $300 price tag
Looking to arm those in emerging markets without a smartphone, Google launched Android One back in the middle of 2014. The idea was to sell cheap, $100 entry-level phones that run stock Android. This would allow Android One handsets to receive timely software updates. Google itself worked with the manufacturers in these markets to make sure that the Android One devices were meeting the goals of the initiative.

Now, with the Nexus series apparently gone, and the Pixel priced at the high-end of the market, Google is rumored to be bringing Android One to the U.S. with some changes. The phones will now be priced in a range between $200 and $300. This will allow Android One manufacturers to have a little more room to design and produce a phone with some decent specs. The software though, will remain stock Android with timely updates from Google for the first two years from a model's launch date.

LG is rumored to be the first manufacturer to get involved in the updated Android One program, and the first U.S. bound model is expected to launch before we hit the halfway mark of 2017. While nothing is confirmed, there is the possibility that Google Assistant, so far seen on just the Pixel handsets and on the Allo messaging app, will be loaded on the Android One models headed to the states.

There is also word that a major stateside ad campaign, similar to the Pixel ads currently running, will accompany Android One to the U.S.

source: TheInformation via  AndroidCentral

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11 Comments

1. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Finally! There we go, something for Nexus 5X/5/4 users Hopefully people seeking budget phones start buying these instead of the budget phones from Samsung, LG, HTC, ... which get no updates

5. yalokiy

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

samsung budget ones get updates (security), offer more features than stock android and are more stable (software wise). Many complained that Android One smartphones were buggy.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Which budget samsung phones get even monthly security updates? I thought only their mid-range and flagships got them

8. lainez21

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 31, 2014

Stock Android has like 95% of the features most other OEM offers. It's really just gimmicks and hardware advantages that can be argued in Samsung's and other OEMs favor. It's really hard to argue why stock Android isn't the obvious choice

2. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

$200 to $300 5.0 - 5.2" FHD screen mid to upper mid range Snapdragon 4GB RAM 3000-3500mAh battery 13mp front and rear zero bloatware, latest Android and RIP to Asus, Lenovo, Huawei, Xiaomi, Samsung.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

we know that average users didnt care about android One, or timely android update... and since LG is the first one, for that price range I'll expect 720p, SD425/SD616 (or SD625 at best), 2GB RAM/16GB storage, 2500mAh..

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Your realistically looking at 4.5-5inch screen, 2-3g gig ram 2700mah battery, hopefully removable 12mpx or the older 16mp cameras. low end qualcomm or non qualcomm/samsung chip sets. It's a budget phone, not a premium competitor. Something that will be given away free on contract by VZW and them. Which is just fine for 90% of the phone world who doesnt need all the horsepower in a modern flagship.

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Will buy this instead of risking malware on generic china handset.

6. civicsr2cool

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Now this I can get excited for!

10. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

They have to take on honor and moto. Now zte with the v8 pro.

11. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I know the Android One phones are only being sold in emerging markets right now, but how is Google doing with software updates for these phones? These seem promising, as they will probably have smaller screens, so one handed use can finally be a thing again. My only concern would be cpu/RAM. I don't really want to see MediaTek or Helio processors, as they aren't optimized for Android yet. These would need at least 3GB (4 would be better). They could even use the same camera from the 5X/6P, as it was a great performer. 32GB of storage better be the minimum option

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