You may or may not have been following Android One, but for a while it mattered to us in the emerging markets. As a refresher, Android One was an Android version that was made light so it would run on cheaper hardware that’s the mainstay of emerging markets.
Even Infinix made an Android One version of their Smartphone. But we have since stopped talking about Android One, and Google has moved on, but not quite.
Yesterday they introduced Android Go, which should technically have been an iteration of Android One, but somehow Google decided to call it a new project.
Android Go will take more than half a year to come into the market as Google and partners work on apps best suited for low hardware phones. Main differentiation between One and Go is that the latter focuses on apps optimization for basic hardware while with One it was the OS version that was made for basic hardware.
However, Go differentiates itself from One based on optimizations that will be done on the operating system and applications for hardware with less than a gig of RAM (Android One outed stock Android on cheaper hardware, period).
So here we are again, devices for the emerging market that both Intel and Google have tried previously with very little success. Anyone remember Intel Yolo?