Google reveals Android One phones with no bloatware, automatic updates

Android logoGoogle today announced "Android One," a new type of phone that is similar to Nexus devices in that all of the software comes directly from Google. This will help eliminate the bloatware that plagues many Android phones made by third parties.

Android One was described as a reference platform to help OEMs build high-quality, affordable phones using "stock Android." Google promised automatic updates, perhaps bringing Android phones a faster update cycle than users are accustomed to.

Google reveals Android One phones with no bloatware, automatic updates

Google showed off a device that includes a 4.5-inch screen, an SD card, an FM radio, and support for dual SIM cards. Similar phones will launch around the world, beginning in India from three carriers in that country, costing less than $100. They aren't yet launching in the US, where carriers still act as a big barrier to providing software updates.

Stay tuned to our liveblog to keep up to date on today's Google announcements.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Android, Google, smartphones

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