After a bit of a lull in Android One news following the project’s formal announcement back at Google I/O a couple months back, rumors picked up again last week, delivering a little good news alongside some bad news. On the one hand, it sounded like India might be getting its first Android One hardware over a month ahead of schedule, but then we also heard that the phones might come in a bit north (or maybe even more than a “bit”) of that $100 target price. Confirmation may just be another couple weeks away, as we get word this morning of an upcoming Google event in India.
Two weeks from today, on Monday, September 15, Google is preparing to some sort of announcement in India. For the moment, it isn’t sharing any details (though the invite suggests that we’ll be getting a better sense of what to expect in the days leading up to the event), but based on the timing and India-specific focus of the news, Android One sounds like a probable subject.
Considering how September 15 is already a little past the “early September” we heard before for a possible start of Android One sales, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this hardware -or at least, some of it- arrive immediately following Google’s announcement. And if it turns out we are looking at devices a little less affordable than the $100 Google mentioned earlier, this sounds like a perfect opportunity for the company to explain why things had to go in this direction.
Then again, maybe this event is for something different altogether. “Block the date” on its own may just be another form of the expression “save the date,” but when you combine that with the images of squares here, could there be a second meaning? For now, your guess is as good as ours.