Samsung last week launched its first Android Go handset ever, an entry-level device you should avoid if you can find Android Go alternatives in your area.
LG quickly followed on Tuesday with its first Android One device ever. This is a device that’s on par with last year’s Galaxy S8 and Pixel 2, which are still excellent phones. Well, it’s more like the Pixel 2, because it’ll run an unaltered version of Android.
Sporting specs that you’d typically see on last year’s Android flagship handsets, including the LG G6, the LG G7 One will be a lot more expensive than Android Go phones. But Android One phones aren’t supposed to be as cheap as Android Go devices.
The price was not unveiled in LG’s announcement, but the phone will be on display at IFA 2018 in Berlin later this week, so availability details will be shared with the public in a few days. The company does say the new phones — it’s also launching a G7 Fit version — will sell at “exceptional” price points. Then again, we already have a Snapdragon 845 phone selling at an unbelievably low price, so LG’d better make you a G7 One offer you can’t refuse.
The LG G7 One sports the same iPhone X design we saw on the LG G7 ThinQ that launched earlier this year, complete with a 6.1-inch QHD+ display (3120 x 1440 resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio), Snapdragon 835 platform, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, microSD support, 16-megapixel camera, 8-megapixel selfie camera, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, up to 7.1 channel audio sound with DTS:X, 3,000 mAh battery, and Android One OS (Android 8.1 Oreo).
The G7 One will join other notable Android One handsets, including the Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6, Xiaomi Mi A2, and many others.
The LG G7 Fit, meanwhile, packs a 2016 chip, the Snapdragon 821, and offers virtually the same specs as the One, minus the vanilla version of Android.
The annual Mobile World Congress starts on Monday, although plenty of mobile device makers will unveil their hot new products a day before that. The Galaxy S9 will be the star this Sunday, and throughout the show, but it’ll hardly be the only new Android device worth considering.
Google is already teasing that a bunch of new devices will be unveiled at the show. Don’t get too excited about an early Pixel 3 reveal, that’s hardly in the cards for MWC shows. But the phones Google is talking about may have a clear advantage over the Galaxy S9 when it comes to one crucial smartphone feature.
Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer laid out Google’s plans for MWC In a blog post, focusing on a few things: Google Assistant, Google Lens, RCS, Android Oreo (Go edition), and Android One.
“Our partners will be announcing amazing new Android devices,” the exec wrote, devices that will highlight some of the technologies Google has been working on in the past few years, including RCS (Rich Communication Services), Google Assistant, and Google Lens.
Lockheimer did not exactly mention any of its partners, but he did expand on Android Oreo (Go edition) and Android One phones.
Specifically, next week, the first Android Oreo (Go edition) phones will be unveiled, and they’ll be available for purchase soon. These are devices tailored to offer an Oreo experience in spite of not rocking top-of-the-line specs. Oreo (Go edition) phones pack just 1GB of RAM and cost as low as $50. But they do run the latest version of Android, and they may be updated to Android P faster than the Galaxy S9.
But if there’s one line that should get faster updates than most Android phones, Galaxy S9 included, that’s Android One series. These phones are supposed to deliver “faster access to the latest Android OS updates and Google innovations, regular security updates, and an easy-to-use software design that’s intuitive and streamlined.” New Android One devices will be unveiled at MWC next week, and Nokia may be among Google’s partners, according to previous reports.
The top image shows an iPhone-like Xiaomi device that features the Android One logo on the back. Don’t get your hopes up for a Galaxy S9 Android One version, but it sure is nice to dream.
Google’s big Pixel 2 event is still over a week away, but you won’t have to wait that long for some big news. On Thursday, Google announced that the Moto X4 will be the next phone that will work with the company’s Project Fi network, which makes it the first non-Google phone to do so. But that’s not all: The Moto X4 will also be the first Android One phone available to purchase in the United States.
While the Android One Moto X4 has the same specifications and hardware as the phone announced at IFA 2017 this summer, it replaces the custom software with a pure Android experience, a limited selection of preinstalled apps and guaranteed software updates for two years. In fact, Google says that the Android One Moto X4 will have Android Oreo before the end of the year and will be one of the first phones to get Android P.
With the Pixel 2 expected to retail for over $600 and the Pixel 2 XL for over $800, Google needed to add a more affordable device to the Project Fi lineup. Not only is the Android One Moto X4 affordable at $399, but with its dual rear camera system, octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, TurboPower fast charging, and solid design, it actually stands a chance of making an impact in a market where high-end phones dominate.
The Android One Moto X4, which comes in Super Black and Sterling Blue, will only be available on Google’s Project Fi network in the US. You can preorder the phone right now on the Project Fi website. Plus, with Google’s new trade-in program, you can get $165 for select Nexus devices, and if you start your trade-in for an Android One Moto X4 by October 5, you’ll earn an extra $50 in Fi credit too.
Google finally brings a somewhat affordable phone back to Project Fi.
Launched a few years ago, the Android One initiative represents Google’s effort to provide affordable devices to buyers in developing markets who can’t afford expensive Android handsets. However, the Android One phones launched so far were less than exciting, which wasn’t surprising, given that all Google wanted was to drive the price down, so more people buy mobile devices that can be used to browse the web and generated ad-based income.
Fast forward to today, and we finally have an Android One phone that’s actually worth considering by anyone shopping smartphones on a budget. Oh, and yes, it looks a lot like an iPhone.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 is priced at just $234, which is more expensive than your regular Android One phone. But it’s also a lot cheaper than similar Android devices from the competition.
The phone packs quite a punch, featuring a 5.5-inch display with Full HD resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, microSD support, two 12-megapixel cameras on the back, 5-megapixel selfie camera, fingerprint sensor, and 3,080 mAh battery.
The phone has a metal body, comes in three colors, and it’s just 7.5mm thin.
The Mi A1 doesn’t run Xiaomi’s MIUI Android version and instead packs Google’s Android, which means it runs all of Google’s apps, including Google Play.
Without a doubt, this is the best Android One phone Google ever made, a device that probably wouldn’t be possible without a partnership with Xiaomi, a Chinese smartphone maker whose business is to sell top smartphones at cost.
The Mi A1 will launch in 40 regions around the world, sporting a September 12th release date for India. That’s a rather strange release date, as Apple’s iPhone 8 will be unveiled on the same day. But anyone looking for new Android One devices might be a lot more interested in an affordable Android handset than Apple’s expensive new iPhone.