It is not the first time we are hearing about possibilities of Android One coming to the U.S. However, latest rumors bring about an interesting development about this affordable range of Google devices that run a pure bloat-free Android OS.
Even though the reports haven’t been confirmed in any capacity by the search engine giant, 9to5Google, citing unnamed reliable sources, claims that Android One will be the device that expands the coverage of Google Project Fi. When this happens, actually, it will no longer be a Project, with the possible name being Google Fi.
The service has been growing with each passing day. However, one thing that has been hindering Google Project Fi’s development is the limited number of devices that support it. In order to use the network, you have no choice but to jump to the Google devices’ bandwagon. You can’t bring aboard your Samsung Galaxy S8 or even iPhone 7 Plus for that matter.
As for now, the supported devices include Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and the Pixel phones. If this latest rumor materializes, Android One will join the party not only to expand Fi’s coverage but also help fill the gap left behind by the departing Nexus devices. Android One, if it comes to the U.S., may be priced somewhere between $200 and $300, which would attract many Nexus fans, especially since the device runs pure Android OS with a promise of timely OS and security updates.
Speaking of updates, Google will reportedly want to differentiate Android One from the Nexus lineup by letting manufacturers of the phones to handle the software updates. In fact, there are already two candidates for the Android One phone – the Moto X 2017 and the HTC E37. While there have been a few rumors about the former, the latter is completely new to us (including 9to5Google).
The same rumor further adds that it’s possible this Android One phone could be a T-Mobile exclusive except for Project Fi variants, but this is hard to believe as at this time. If all goes according to plan, the budget phone could be unveiled in fall, somewhere in October or November.
This is a rumor and like any other, be sure to take it with a grain of salt.