Android One will never be what it promised us one day, and we will probably never see another mobile like the Xiaomi Mi A1.
When Android One evolved into a platform designed to carry the purest Android experience to a greater number of people, we all thought that was the salvation to mid-range upgrade problems, and the initiative that would revolutionize the cheap mobile market.
How wrong we were.
Because three years have passed since that moment, in which Google partnered with Xiaomi to give life to the Mi A1, the first mobile of the Chinese firm with Android One, and probably one of the best phones that Xiaomi has ever created. And what today should be one of the most used resources by telephone firms to offer terminals dedicated to those who prefer an experience as close as possible to the Android de Google, has ended up being a platform on the way to becoming one more member of Google’s cemetery of missing products.
Unfulfilled promises and firms that decided to turn their backs on Android One
A quick look at the Android One official page just to see that support and updates are two of the basic pillars on which Google wanted to base the Android One experience.
Or, at least, that was the idea until firms like Xiaomi decided ignore to these fundamentals, being that of the Xiaomi Mi A3 the clearest example: a phone launched with Android 9 for which two years of updates were assured, which the company was unable to update to Android 10 without load several things along the way, and finally offering an experience far inferior to what the company’s MIUI-based models could offer.
Even today, when Android 11 has been with us for a few months, many Mi A3 still have not received the official update to Android 10, and the Android 11 upgrade plans for this device are still a mystery.
But Xiaomi it has not been the only one with problems in this regard. Other firms, such as MotorolaThey have also been unable to bring the most recent versions of Android to their terminals based on the Android One platform, again making one of the supposed advantages of Android One end up being one of the great weaknesses of the platform.
Android One today
But despite everything, there is still a mark that continues to bet everything on Android One, and it is none other than Nokia.
Your terminals may not be among the most interesting on the market, but the philosophy of the firm to offer fast updates and for a minimum of two years They have led it to be one of the most recommended firms if what you are concerned about is security and support.
Yes, to that, we add the clean and consistent experience offered by Android One, we end up getting one of the better software experiences available in today’s mobile market.
Now, that doesn’t mean that Nokia’s journey with Android One is perfect. It is true that each and every one of their mobiles have already been updated to Android 10. But it is also true that terminals such as Nokia 3.1 and 5.1 they did it in October 2020, almost a year after the launch of Android 10 by Google.
The problem with Android One, in my opinion, is that Google in no time decided to set some obligations with which the manufacturers adhering to the initiative should commit, whether they were updates within a range of dates after the launch of each new version of Android, or the obligation to update devices monthly with security patches released on the first Monday of each month.
That, in the end, has ended by mess up Android One image, a poorly executed good idea that, barring a sudden change of plans, I fear will end as Xiaomi Mi A series: buried and forgotten.
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