In case you didn’t know, Android One is an initiative by Google to create cheap Android smartphones for the masses. Now, multiple reports suggest that Google has joined hands with Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi to launch a new Android One smartphone.
The report further notes that the smartphone will be a slightly tweaked version of the newly launched Xiaomi Mi 5X. Also, the handset is expected to run stock Android instead of Xiaomi’s proprietary MIUI skin. It’s also worth noting that the handset would purportedly be called the Xiaomi A1. In terms of specs, the device in question is expected to feature a 5.5-inch Full HD display, an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor along with 4GB of RAM.
To recall, the Android One was launched in India back in 2014 by Google CEO Sunder Pichai.
“With Android One we set the bar to be a great software experience and a great device. We really want to bring in a whole new set of people who have never tried a smartphone before,” said Pichai.
That time, Google joined hands with local OEMs such as Lava, Karbonn and Micromax to offer affordable smartphones in countries like India and Bangladesh. However, the project hasn’t been able to gain the kind of momentum as Google would have liked. However, a combination of stock Android and Xiaomi’s powerful hardware does have the potential to take Android One in the right direction. It is still unclear as to when Google plans to launch the smartphone, but you can expect it to come to India as well as other parts of the globe when it finally launches.
Back in January, a report by The Information also revealed Google’s plans to release Android One smartphones in the US. Though, it’s still unclear as to what strategy will Google adopt to sell Android One handsets in the US. Since the absence of Nexus range of smartphones, Google does not have a mid-tier or budget segment. But if this collaboration with Xiaomi turns out to be true, Google might have the tools required to make its Android One project a success.