It looks like Google’s initiative isn’t dead after all
After pushing their Android One initiative on budget devices aimed at developing countries, it looks like Google is taking a new approach with the program. With the official announcement of Xiaomi’s first Android One device (and really, the first Android One phone that a majority of the population won’t mind owning) it’s apparent now that Google is pivoting the program towards more mid-ranged phones to compliment their Pixel series of devices.
Well isn’t this interesting… pic.twitter.com/QrC8bJz1pX
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 9, 2017
Reliable leaker Evan Blass has released an image showing a Motorola Moto X4 on Twitter with Android One branding earlier today. This is pretty interesting because Motorola’s devices are already pretty stripped down to begin with, and unlike Xiaomi’s phones do not come with custom UIs that obfuscate the version of Android that runs underneath. It’d be interesting how Motorola and Google sells this particular phone to the public under the Android One moniker, and hopefully this is the start of a new direction for Android One – one that uses mid-range devices for its base.