Monday, July 13, 2015

What People Don't Get about AndroidOne

One of the things that has both surprised and disappointed me, is the lukewarm reaction to AndroidOne. The thing that users don't seem to get (possibly because Google doesn't do a good job telling them), is not only that AndroidOne devices are inexpensive and still very usable, but that AndroidOne devices will be very well supported for at least 2 years.

I had bought my Dad a cheap Samsung phone (to see if he would be open to using Android). The screen was small, which I was okay with, but they stopped supporting the phone right after releasing it. So six months later, when there was a new version of Android, this phone got no love from Samsung. By one year, most apps wouldn't support the device....

The only manufacturer other than Google that seems to have been pretty good about its OS support (and OS fidelity) is Motorola, which has done a great job with its Moto E/G/X devices. Keep it up, Moto! Wish others would take your lead and stop trying to mess with the basic OS when they aren't fundamentally improving things.
 (Sorry, last paragraph was off topic, but some things just bother me)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

AndroidLow, AndroidMid and AndroidHigh

I thought AndroidOne was an excellent way for Google to push Android's penetration in the developing world. They basically provided a spec and let various manufacturers build devices and market them. The UI is a standard Android UI and updates are managed by Google, so the devices are reasonably well supported for a couple of years. The manufacturers don't need to do much design, so they sell the devices at pretty decent prices. (Yes, I know AndroidOne wasn't as successful as Google would have liked, because retailers weren't too happy about the devices being sold online-first and so refused to stock them, but it was a good start).

What I would love to see Google do, is replace AndroidOne with 3 programs - AndroidLow, AndroidMid and AndroidHigh. Devices in these 3 would have prices of around $100, $200 and $350. Let manufacturers compete on the manufacturing, marketing and finish, but keep control of the software.