Google’s new hardware division is growing with the acquisition of Android One Under Google’s hardware division, Android One’s main objective of working with hardware manufacturers to deliver low-cost devices running stock Android for emerging markets will remain the same. There may be a few changes in an effort to speed things up.
"Android One has become a part of the broader hardware strategy, under which Motorola’s Rick Osterloh has joined Google recently. Google is taking a broader view of its hardware business. So you should expect to see a position around what we are doing on low-end devices all the way through.
We still continue to support a number of OEMs (original equipment makers) that partnered with us on the programme. However, speeds at which the devices are coming to the market are completely dependent upon the OEMs."
In an interview, it was commented that manufacturers which have partnered with Google to develop Android One devices have an even wider selection of hardware components to choose from than they did at the beginning. This allows for development of Android One phones for specific market segments and various price points.
In addition to Android One, the hardware division within Google oversees the Nexus program, Chromecast, OnHub, Glass, the Pixel line and the ATAP group. It will be of interest on the developments of what Google’s hardware division will evolve into over the next few years.
I am intrigued as to if ZTE has considered or will consider joining to develop Android One devices or Nexuses?