It looks like Google’s low-cost Android One smartphones will finally receive the Android Lollipop software update after a delay of almost three months.
The Google India account has tweeted that Android One users in India will be getting the Lollipop update in the next few weeks. Google’s Android One initiative aimed to offer a no-frills, smooth smartphone experience to users of entry-level phones in emerging markets.
The Mountain View-Based company tied up with Indian mobile players Micromax, Karbonn and Spice Mobiles to launch the affordable phones. Google promised Nexus-like early software updates but the tech giant did not rollout Android Lollipop, the latest version of Android, to Android One phones when it seeded the release to its Nexus phone and tablets.
The Android One phones available in India include Spice Android One Dream UNO Mi-498 phone, Karbonn Sparkle V and Micromax Canvas A1. Acer, Alcatel, Asus, HTC, Intex, Lava, Panasonic, Lenovo, Xolo and Qualcomm are also expected to join the Android One programme.
The online-only sales model and apathy of partner OEMs (who were also peddling their own, similarly priced phones) led to lukewarm response to Android One. Leading physical retail chains and dealers reportedly refused to sell these phones.
Although Android Lollipop was the most ambitious release of the mobile operating system, it is still not on enough devices. According to data released by Google, the Lollipop build powered just 1.6% of Android devices. Google tracked the data on Android devices for the week ending on February 2, 2015 while computing the statistics. It does not include the figures for Android versions that are on less than 0.1% of the devices tracked.