Reports about Google’s plans to rejuvenate its Android One program surfaced back in January. With the recent launch of their flagship Pixel range of smartphones, Google is now looking to capitalize the budget category of smartphones in the United States. And we could soon see an Android One handset in the US, as credible tipster Evan Blass has posted a photo of the Moto X4 handset with Android One branding on its back.
The handset is said to be the first Android One smartphone to release in the US. However, Blass doesn’t reveal anything regarding the handset’s launch. Though, a 9to5Google report asserts that the handset should go on sale in the US soon.
Well isn't this interesting… pic.twitter.com/QrC8bJz1pX
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 9, 2017
Google has already announced some changes to the program. As in the past it was largely focused on budget devices.
“We learned a few things. One thing we learned is that there’s a set of users out there that really like the Google UI and that really want security updates, and they aren’t just at the entry-level. There are at mid-tier and high-end devices that people wanted to have all those things. So, we changed the program; we aren’t specifying the hardware anymore. We recommend hardware, but manufacturers are able to pick whatever hardware they want,” said Google’s VP of Android, Sameer Samat during Google I/O 2017.
While specs on the upcoming device should largely remain the same as the standard Moto X4 model, which features a 5.2-inch Full HD display along with a 3000mAh battery. Under the hood, it gets powered by the Snapdragon 630 processor and will be available in two RAM and storage variants.
The 3GB RAM version will come with 32GB inbuilt storage, while the 4GB RAM edition will feature 64GB onboard storage. The device will sport a dual camera setup featuring 12MP and 8MP sensors.
However, the price of its Android One version is still unknown. That said, it should come considerably cheap going by Android One’s brand positioning aimed at low-cost devices. The initiative is Google’s way of giving users a pure Android experience. And the recently leaked Android One branded Moto X4 will come with stock Android, making sure users get guaranteed updates for at least two years.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 happens to be the latest Android One smartphone that the Chinese manufacturer launched recently in around 40 countries. However, the US and the UK aren’t on the list yet. Though, that could all change at the Pixel 2 launch event scheduled on October 5, where the Android One powered Moto X4 can also make an appearance.