Google’s commitment to two years of software updates for Android One remains unchanged. This is despite removing the actual commitment from the public-facing Android One website.
The original text on the Android One website was unambiguous. “With Android One, your phone will receive at least two years of OS upgrades to the latest version of Android. That means access to the latest innovations and a phone that always runs as smoothly as the day you bought it.”
However, in the last couple of days, this wording disappeared. Google has kept the commitment to three years of security updates, but made no mention of major OS updates.
As you’d imagine, the two years of promised OS updates (basically, two major Android OS releases) is a huge selling point for Android One devices. Backtracking away from that commitment would be a really terrible idea.
For now, it looks as if the change is superficial only. India Today reports Google has not changed its actual commitment. They reported this statement from Google:
“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.”
This statement is as close to official as we’ve seen. Given any change to Android One would be quite surprising, this statement is reassuring.
Android Go capably takes care of the budget to lower-mid range market. Android One has the ability to provide a pure, fast and updated experience on mid range to even premium smartphones. We’re excited to see what manufacturers do with Android One next year.