Android One smartphone

In what may come as shock to Android enthusiasts, Google has seemingly, and quietly, deleted a statement regarding the guaranteed two years of OS upgrade for all Android One devices.

Update: Google denies any changes in update promise for Android phones.

“We confirm that our promise to provide 2 years of updates on Android One devices still stands and our website design does not impact the promise of this program,” a Google spokesperson told the India Today Tech.

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The Android One webpage now mentions that all Android One devices are guaranteed with monthly security updates from the manufacturers. However, there’s no mention of the OS upgrade anywhere.

If we have to name one thing that drastically affected the dynamics of the smartphone market in 2018, it has to be Google’s Android One programme. Many manufacturers from the Android universe understood that there was a section of the market hungry for smartphones that offered a clean bloat-free Android experience with guaranteed and timely software updates. Nokia cashed-in highly on the opportunity by launching all of their smartphones with the Android One ROMs. Motorola, Xiaomi and Infinix also jumped in on the bandwagon for keeping the cash registers running.

What actually kept the cash registers running for these companies was the promise of guaranteed Android updates. In the affordable segments (under Rs 25,000), consumers are exposed to a lot of options with varying degrees of options. Some focus on good cameras while others focus on raw performance. In case of the latter, manufacturers often tend to fall behind when it comes to releasing the latest updates that Google releases for Android. Most of the phones are released with customised interfaces and companies don’t like to mess with the stable software builds by infusing Google’s additions underneath. Hence, you will find phones in this price bracket that are devoid of major Android updates.