After announcing its Android One and Android Go programs a few months ago, Google sees in Barcelona the first mobile adopting these systems materialize.
Android apps Go (Credit: Google)
Beyond the many products advertised on the many stands of the show, the Mobile World Congress is also an opportunity for Android to shine. The Google OS that flirts with the 90% market share in the world is obviously ubiquitous on the Barcelona show. But this year, it's a bit particular Android versions that have been talked about, namely Android Go and Android One. For those who do not yet know these two versions of the system, a small summary is needed. Android Go is a version of Google's OS specially designed for low-performance phones. Announced at Google I / O 2017, this special version of the system has been talked about recently because of the "Go" apps recently appeared on the Play Store. Android One, for its part, is less a particular version of Android than a philosophy to which some manufacturers adhere. Enlisting a device in the Android One program, it is indeed agree to follow closely the Google software guidelines and provide 2 years of major updates and 3 years of security updates. A way to stand out from some manufacturers who take liberties with the ergonomics and design of Android "stock". Alcatel 1X
And this year in Barcelona, we saw a lot of mobile having opted for a "Made in Google" software experience. The first manufacturer to announce a mobile Android Go was Alcatel with its 1X. Nokia quickly followed with its Nokia 1 which, despite its limited memory of 8 GB, still leaves 6 GB of free to the user. A small revolution in the world of Android where smartphones with 8 GB of memory are rather often nightmarish products.
And according to a Google blog post, these two actors are far from the only ones to have adopted the system. General Mobile, Huawei, ZTE and many others have either released mobile phones running Android Go, or at least made promises to this effect. Even Echo is considering adopting this version of the system on its entry-level smartphones. Good news, as it was rare to see entry-level mobiles running with the latest version of Android just a few months ago.
Nokia, a weight ally
Android One also had the right to its moment of glory on the show, since the whole family of announced Nokia products adheres to the program. A logical evolution when we know that Nokia has always been attached, since returning to Android, to stick closer to Android "stock". The brand is even considered since its new beginnings as a partner "Tier 1" by Google.The Nokia 1.
The manufacturer is joining Xiaomi, Motorola and Kyocera in the very small club of Android One. So certainly, 5 phones in all and for all, this is not a panacea, but when you know that Nokia is still the 11th global manufacturer according to the figures delivered by a counterpoint analyst, it weighs a little more This adoption of Android One and Android Go is in any case good news for Google, which sees its efforts rewarded and can hope to see the traditional problem of Android fragmentation reabsorb, if only 'a tiny bit. See you next year at the MWC 2019 to see if this strategy has been successful.