Difference between Android and Android One.

The key difference between android and android one is the fact that android is a mobile operating system by google, whereas Android one is a standard that is applicable on the android operating system.


Android is one of the leading operating system (OS). It is mainly based on the Linux Kernel and is developed by google. Currently Android, Apple’s iOS and windows mobile are the top mobile operating systems in the market.

Android is designed for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. It also have specialized user interface for televisions, i.e. Android T.V, Cars, android auto and smartwatches, i.e Android wears. Androids are also used in game consoles, digital cameras, regular PC’s and some other Electronics.

Advantage that Android has over the operating systems in market today is that it is open source, It means that practically anybody can get their hands on the source code and make changes to it and develop something for it.

Which is why 70% of mobile developers develop for android. Even though it is a open source, most of the devices that come with android have a combination of open source.

Android was founded by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick sears and Chris white in 2003. Google acquired Android Inc. on 17 august 2005 and had growth to take the market practically. It was released in 2007 along with the founding of open Handset alliance, which is consortium of hardware, software and telecommunication companies that are devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices.

There are different versions of Android, each aim is to improve over the previous version.’

Android One

On the other hand Android one is a standard created by google for android systems. This standard is mainly targeted at people buying their first smartphone and customers in developing world.

Smartphones running the android one will run software that is close to the original stock, which Android means that it will exclude any and all proprietary software that the manufacturer include in their phones as well the often extensive vendor-specific modifications which are included in the phones.

In Android one the smartphones will be handled by google, as some earlier phones has issues with lacking of security updates. However, manufactures can add their own apps if they choose. Google also makes a reference hardware design that is available with android one.

Which means manufacturer only have to manufacture the phone which reduces the cost of end product. Because it removes the cost of research and development, As well the cost of operating system.

In 2014, Phones with android one standard are launched in India, Nepal, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka and other south Asian countries. The phones are regularly rolling in other countries as well. So far brands like micromax, spice, karbonn have released the first android one smartphones in 2014. More manufacturers plan to follow gradually.

Hence the main difference between the android and android one is that the android is a mobile operating system by google and Android one is a standard that is applicable on the Android operating system.

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