Google’s desire to put Android in the hands of everyone continues to gain traction. Android One is one of these initiatives, with the idea of giving emerging markets the access to extremely affordable Android handsets. We still don’t know just how well this project has behaved for Google when it comes to sales and deployment, but it seems there are bolder plans in the works.
Google’s managing director in Southeast Asia, Rajan Anandan, was recently interviewed by the Financial Times, and one of his major statements within is that we should expect a new plan for Android One will be unveiled in “the next few weeks.” He doesn’t go into detail as to what changes we should expect to be announced, but to claim that this will be “a new plan” is definitely big enough news. Currently Android One gives OEMs the responsibility to build the hardware for emerging markets, while Google focuses on the software side of things.
This all sounds like a very successful win-win scenario, but we should learn what will change in the next few weeks.