Google giving Android One OEMs freedom to kill the Android One program
Wall Street Journal, Google will no longer be only allowing components from approved vendors, but will allow OEMs to "choose from a greater variety of each component" and can buy parts from their own vendors. Additionally, manufacturers will be able to have more freedom in pricing and features on the devices. WSJ says that one Indian OEM exec said that the ultimate conclusion of the changes is that there will be "little difference" between Android One and just producing any old Android device.According to the
Google has apparently also changed some of the language regarding Android One software updates to say that instead of updates coming directly from Google, they will come from manufacturing partners, who will provide updates "as soon as possible." The changes are all reportedly because manufacturers complained that they couldn't differentiate devices from each other in the program.
So, it all ends up sounding like Google is essentially killing everything that made the Android One program interesting in the first place. It's unclear exactly what the branding will mean if there is no standardized set of features, hardware, pricing, or software update policies. Maybe it will just mean that Google can guarantee the devices have Google apps and the Play Store on them.