Android One Is Back, but What It Stands for Today Isn’t Clear

Google resurrected its Android One programme in India on Tuesday, when it found a new partner in Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi willing to launch a mid-tier stock Android-powered Mi A1 smartphone. But in doing so, it may have further blurred what Android One stands for.

Make no mistake, Xiaomi Mi A1 runs a relatively new Android 7.1.2 operating system, and Google and the Chinese company have committed to bringing Android Oreo software update to the phone and have even promised the Android P update next year. The phone also features Google Now launcher, a significant departure from MIUI that powers all […]