Don't panic, Android One phones will get 2 years of software updates, Google reaffirms

Don't panic, Android One phones will get 2 years of software updates, Google reaffirms

Just yesterday, while doing some website updates, Google removed a line in its Android One page, which used to say that all Android One phones are guaranteed to get system updates for the next two years. This caused some speculation — could Google be backing off from that promise? Could the Android One program fail at what it set out to do, which is reduce fragmentation issues in Android land?

Turns out, there's no cause to panic. While Google did make the choice to get rid of that line of text for its website design purposes, this changes nothing. Having the Android One stamp on the back of your device will still guarantee you two years' worth of Android updates, counting from the device's launch date. At least, that's Google's official statement on the matter.

Why should you care?

Most of Nokia's Android phones are members of the Android One program. They have a next-to-stock Android experience throughout their UI, and despite being budget-friendly phones, they offer a light and snappy experience. And, with the new PureView flagship coming soon (by the way, that thing has 5 cameras!), having that Android One stamp on its back will give you extra peace of mind that your device will be kept up to date for the next two years. Even though Nokia has reiterated numerous times that it is serious about updates and has proven this through actions, it's always nice to have that extra “Google-approved”.

China-based manufacturer Xiaomi is also delving into the Android with its Xiaomi Mi A series — another budget line that isn't bad at all.

In other words, things are looking up for the folks that would rather buy a midrange phone than shell out for a premium flagship. If you don't want to deal with manufacturer interface elements with questionable use that may or may not take a toll on your device's performance, and if you don't want to have a phone that is stuck on the operating system it launched with, looking for an Android One device might be a good idea.

Still, while the updates should come, we still can't say the Android One program has proved that said updates come in a hasty fashion. It took Xiaomi a good 4 months to start rolling out an Android 9 Pie update for the Xiaomi Mi A1. But hey, it was still faster than some big-name flagships.



1. theviolinist

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 03, 2018

while the iphones get 5 years of updates, this sounds like a joke

2. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

1. What new features did iPhone 5 get from the last 3 major iOS update? (other than new slightly bigger font, new icons, and new wallpapers) 2. Android One doesn't cost you $649 like iPhone5 price (at launch), you can buy Android One 3 times, one every 2 years (for a total 6 years of OS update) for that same price, and you'll get newest Android features update hardware, and reliable battery health.

7. slashas

Posts: 147; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

I am more concerned about security patching instead of the features, so you get 2 years from google and what’s after? Ohh nothing :)

25. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Are you that dumb. You pay a fraction of what an iPhone user has to pay. So after 2 years and even if no more updates ever come for an Android One device. You can buy a new Android One device with newer features and improved specs for a low price. You are still paying far less than that iPhone user who bought there iPhone years before.

13. gamehead unregistered

Great points

3. Papa_Ji

Posts: 911; Member since: Jun 27, 2016


14. gamehead unregistered


6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31760; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It sounds like a joke, till you see just how far android is still ahead, even with fewer updates. You're a fulz dude.

24. theviolinist

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 03, 2018

dude, you're a joke. why are you using ios if it's so far behind android in the first place? ok, i understand there are some things you don't like and that can be improved... but you're mostly trolling and hating over here. and at the end of the day, you paid at least 1100 $ for that phone, so it's still you who's losing.

12. cmdacos

Posts: 4383; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

It's pretty easy to update a grid of icons that hasn't changed in 10 years. Apple should be doing a decade of free updates.

4. Feanor

Posts: 1429; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

However by the time the first Android One handset received Android 9, Sony had updated or brought to the market seven non-Android One phones. I think Google should look into what they promise with Android One and Sony should actually get some credit for the things that do right in the Android space.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31760; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This is where Apple kills it, up to 5 years of support.

8. Vancetastic

Posts: 1868; Member since: May 17, 2017

Two years of updates is not bad for a budget phone, I suppose. I’m sure the phones will still work after that, too.

22. Jrod99

Posts: 781; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Just missing security updates. That’s the main thing for going past 2 years. Got a cousin still using S3 and co worker using Note 3.

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