Google launched its Android One initiative in India earlier this year, wherein it partnered smartphone vendors to sell entry-level smartphones running on stock Android. While Xiaomi s Redmi 1S is one of the chief competitors for these smartphones, the Chinese company is reportedly keen on joining the Android One initiative. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022Also Read - Honor phones to come with Google Mobile Services: Report
In a chat with IndiaToday.in, Xiaomi s Hugo Barra talked about how he is a huge fan of Android One and how the company is looking at using Android One for its phones. We will like to use Android One as we are a huge fan of the product. I think it is just a matter of time, Barra said. He however was quick to say that the company has for now decided to not to create another line of product because we want to focus on the existing one. Also Read - Google announces six new Android features, which will roll out this year
Barra also reveals how the Android One project had started when he was still at Google, and hence he is biased towards it. It has been cooking at Google for a long time. I am a huge fan. I think it is a very smart move by Google. And it is a great product,” Barra said.
Google launched Android One in India on September 15. Its partners Micromax, Karbonn and Spice launched the first three smartphones called the Canvas A1, Sparkle V and the Dream Uno respectively. All the three smartphones are identical in terms of specifications and software, but are priced differently. The Canvas A1 is the most expensive at Rs 6,499, the Sparkle V is priced at Rs 6,399 and the Dream Uno is priced at Rs 6,299. In addition to the above three, Google also revealed new hardware partners including HTC, Lava, Xolo, Intex, Asus, Alcatel Onetouch, Lenovo, and Panasonic.