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Android One has added another device to its roster, with the latest addition coming from General Mobile.
Android One is Google’s effort at launching relatively inexpensive smartphones, which still have the full support of Google itself, as far as software updates are concerned.
Android One has not really taken off for Google, but that does not mean that the company has given up on it. Partnering with Sharp, Google has expanded its Android One lineup to Japan with the launch of the Sharp 507SH. The handset will be available through Japanese carrier Y! Mobile.
In an interview with ET Tech, the Business Development head of Android and Chrome Partnerships at Google, Mike Hayes, told the publication that Android One is now a “part of the broader” hardware strategy at Google, and it is now a part of the new unified hardware division of Google that is being led by former Motorola president Rick Osterloh.
Google seems to have presumably started the rollout of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow for its Android One range of smartphones. The update seems to be in its early stages of rollout with only a handful of people receiving it.
Beside updating its Nexus devices to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google — surprisingly — also started rolling out the Marshmallow OTA update for the first generation Android One devices.
Since its launch last year, Google has been slowly working on expanding the availability of devices under its Android One program to more regions of the world. Starting from today, the company will be selling its Android One branded smartphone in Portugal and Spain where it has partnered with local manufacturer bq.
Google today announced that it is expanding its Android One program to Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Egypt and Morocco with the launch of the Infinix HOT 2.
Google is all set to relaunch its Android One program in India by launching a new sub-$50 handset in the country. The device will be the center of a “massive” investment push from the company that will see it aggressively promote Android One devices in India.