Google’s Sundar Pichai just took to the stage at Google I/O today, and after bringin gus up to speed with some of the latest Android user statistics, he’s got the first big I/O announcement to make: the launch of Google’s Android One project.
Android One is an undertaking designed to really streamline the development, release, and support of new Android handsets, helping OEMs get high-quality devices out to the growing Android user base.
Google provides reference designs, access to qualified vendors, and the tools manufacturers will need in order to quickly put together “high quality, affordable smartphones.”
There’s also a software component to Android One, and it’s the same sort of stock Android experience we’ve come to expect from Nexus and GPe devices. OEMs and carriers will be able to augment that software with locally-relevant apps, and Google will provide automatic updates for its apps on Android One phones to make sure they’re running the latest software.
As an example of an Android One device, Pichai showed off a new Micromax handset with a list price south of $100. That OEM will be joined by Karbonn and Spice as Android One gets started in India this fall.