Android One phone sales grew over 250% last year, Android Go popular too

Android One phone sales grew over 250% last year, Android Go popular too
The Nokia 8 Sirocco

Google is committed to offering reliable Android experiences across all smartphone categories. In order to so, it created the Android One Program in 2014 and launched Android Go in 2018. Now, the internet giant has shared some insight into how these two initiatives are performing. 

Although the company didn’t reveal how many Android One devices have shipped since the program first began, Google did state that Android One activations grew a whopping 250% during 2018. This is thanks to Google’s long list of partners which includes the likes of Xiaomi, LG, and Motorola. The biggest contributor of all, however, appears to have been Nokia.

Under the management of HMD Global, the brand has released an extensive range of Android One smartphones over the past year. And with the recent announcement of the Nokia 9 PureView, Nokia 4.2, and Nokia 3.2, Google is forecasting further growth for the program throughout 2019.

In order to combat the poor performance of entry-level smartphones, Google released Android Go for smartphones with 1GB of RAM or less a couple of years ago. As of today, over 50% of entry-level Android devices are powered by Android Go. 

Looking to the future, Google is betting on newer devices such as the Nokia 1 Plus and BLU Vivo Go – which run Android Pie (Go Edition) – to maintain this trend.

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6 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

I had no doubt that the biggest contributor to the growth of Android One smartphones was HMD with their Nokia branded smartphones. They have done a phenomenal job since arriving on the smartphone scene. I own a few of their smartphones, and am looking forward to adding the Nokia 9 Pureview to the list.

2. joshuaswingle

Posts: 485; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I can't wait to get my hands on the Nokia 9 either! Just out of interest, what other Nokia phones do you own?

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

I own the Nokia 6, 6.1, and Nokia 7.1. I was going to get the Nokia 8 Sirocco (still might), but that Nokia 9 Pureview preorder is so close now. I’ll get that first, most likely. I’m old school, so I still own the Nokia N95, Nokia N96, Nokia E90 Communicator, Nokia E71, and the 5800 express (the one that was supposed to be music centric).

5. joshuaswingle

Posts: 485; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

God, I remember the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic... What a phone. My friend used to own one and I thought it was so cool at the time!! I really wanted one but my dad wouldn't let me buy it :(

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

It really was a great phone for it’s time. My favs from the Symbian era of Nokia smartphones were the “N” and “E” series, particularly the E series. I’ve always loved physical keyboards. My fav from the E series, and my all time favorite Symbian smartphone is the E90 Communicator. I loved the form factor.

3. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 122; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

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