Advantages and Disadvantages of Google Android One Program; Will it be up to the competition?


A few months back at I/O event, the Google had announced its plans of bringing budget friendly smartphones in India. Today at an event in Delhi, India, Google announced its revolutionary project called Android One with three hardware partners. Well, what are its advantages and disadvantages of Android One?

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Android One is a Google’s attempt to revolutionize the budget friendly smartphones in countries like India and Philippines. One can call it as the younger brother of Nexus project. In this, Google will partner with hardware manufacturers to bring high-end smartphones with pure Android experience at a very affordable cost. Basically, you get a device that is certified by Google.

Well, the Nexus smartphones are priced at $300 and above for a high end smartphone. But Android One smartphones will cost around $100 and so they fall under entry level segment. We have three devices launched today namingly Karbonn Sparkle V5, Micromax Canvas A1 and Spice Dream Uno.

What can you expect from $100 smartphone? Every device comes with pros and cons because nothing satisfies the human being. So let’s have a look at some.

Advantages of Android One

  1. OS Updates: Android One is similar to Nexus project. These are the first amongst other smartphones to get latest OS updates. All the three devices which are launched today runs on Android Kitkat 4.4.4 version. All these will surely get next big “L” update. However, we are not sure about how many OS upgrades these budget smartphones will receive.
  2. Pure/Stock Android: Android being an open source allows manufacturers to dump in their own stuffs which will slow down the device as the day passes. The advantage of buying Android One smartphone is, it will run on stock Android. Any device that runs on stock Android will consume less RAM and so, more RAM available for other tasks.
  3. Location based Customizations: Android One program is not only designed for India. Later this year, it will be expanded to other countries like Indonesia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. So, to attract the users to buy this device, they are adding these location based customizations. Like in India, the Google Translate feature has been updated for better Hindi translation. Also, Google Now understands the Indian accent better and will push local updates like Cricket. The company promises to bring in other customizations for India as well.
  4. Brands: Yeah, you heard it right. Not just Micromax, Karbonn and Spice will be producing Android One smartphones. Soon Asus, HTC, Acer, Xolo, Panasonic, Lava, Intex, Alcatel and Lenovo will be coming up with Android One smartphones. So that means, we will get to choose between a range of smartphones in coming days.

Disadvantages of Android One

  1. Hardware: It is said that, Google will be providing a set of device specifications to choose from to manufacturer. But what we have seen so far with the 3 devices launched today, they are running low efficient MediaTek processors. Yes, it does perform well, but not up to the mark of Snapdragons. Also, 5MP camera is what we see in many devices in this price tag. Google might have added some additional pixels to attract photographers.
  2. Build Quality: It’s cheap and made of full of plastic. Also, it doesn’t look premium.
  3. Pricing: The hardware which Android One smartphones carries is less than what we saw on recent device launches. Read our review of Redmi 1S. Xiaomi Redmi 1S is best in the segment and carries much higher spec and costs less as well. You also have the likes of the Moto E, the Asus ZenFone 4, the Micromax Unite 2 and the Lava Iris X1 which are also powered by Android.
  4. Too Late to the party? Yes, it is. Google might have thought about this program sooner than this. Looking at crowded segment amongst smartphone, Android One will have a tough task ahead. Devices are highly specced and costs similar to this smartphone. This will surely play a huge role in choosing a budget friendly smartphone.

We heartily welcome Android One regardless of whatever it does in India. Will soon share our reviews on these devices. Stay tuned!




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13 Discussion to this post

  1. megala says:

    sir i need android drawbacks of android in currently

  2. harish says:

    my android one (Micromax cancas A1) device not detecting by PC

    • Vinay K says:

      Hi Harish,

      Please follow the below steps..

      1: Go to settings and click on About
      2: Find “Build Number” from the about menu and click on it for 7 times. This will enable the developer privileges
      3: go back to settings. You will now find a new entry called “Developer Options”.
      4: Go inside “Developer Options” and check the USB Debugging checkbox.

      Now go ahead and connect the device to PC. It will install the drivers and you will be able to find Phone storage in My Computer.

      Let me know if this didn’t work. 🙂

  3. kannan says:

    sir i am going to buy a new mobile but i don’t know which mobile is best android one micromax a1 or moto e pls help me

    • Vinay K says:

      Hi Kannan,

      I will not recommend both the phone. You can look at Xiaomi Redmi 1S or Huawei Honor Holl which are at the same price range. Also, if you can increase your budget by 3000 rs more, checkout Micromax Yu Yureka. Best phone for Rs. 9,000.

  4. sid says:

    Sir I want to get a phone in range of 6000 for my dad and the phone should be easy to use which one should I buy micromax a1, or Moto e, or micromax unite 2

    • Vinay K says:

      Hi Sid,

      If you are planing to buy a device with senior mode, please check Xiaomi Redmi 1S. Get the complete info here ~> . Please let me know if you have any questions.

  5. anurag says:

    sir,i am planning to have a phone of micromax
    i want 2 buy micromax yu yureka but myfather booked micromax a1 in flipkart what 2 do go with a1 or cancel the proposal and buy yureka

    • Vinay K says:

      Hi Anurag,

      I would suggest Lenovo A6000 which comes under same range when compared to Yureka or Micromax A1.

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  7. Shubhojeet says:

    Sir I need it help m planing to buy lava pixel v1 which is based on android 1 segment so plz tell me is it a best buy under the pricing the company had suggested and I heard that I need to install the file manager n all other aaps from play store only…nothing is pree build in it so plz help me out of it should I go for it or not

  8. jeslin says:

    easily hang when apps are running

  9. nethaji says:

    touch screen trouble

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