Android One has been a wide success since its initial launch a near 3 years ago. The program run by Google has brought affordable well-made smartphones to dozens of regions around the world. People in emerging markets who never thought obtaining a smartphone would be possible given their financial capacity now can, all thanks to Android One.
Android One phones remind us of Nexus phones, only that they are more affordable and made by global manufacturers. The phones run vanilla Android and are quick to receive updates. What began as a program in India, has now evolved to include many more countries. And in a few months, the program will be available to U.S. residents.
Even though most don’t think of the United States as an “emerging market,” it has its weak spots, and as smartphones continue to rise in price, not everyone is able to drop such cash on a device. This is especially now that two-year contracts are gone for the most part. The truth is, if you head out to your local Best Buy, or look through your carrier’s online store, you’ll find many cheap smartphones. They exist, and people buy them.
According to The Information, Android One phones will come to the U.S. mid-year and be priced in the $200-$300 range. This isn’t quite the territory for sub-$100 phones, as many of the Android One regions are. However, for $200, an unlocked well-made phone that’s made to last and guarantees you updates for several years is a good deal in my book. This can be hard to come by in the U.S. nowadays, and should make for another great option if you’re on a tight budget.
SOURCE [The Information]