Google's SVP Sundar Pichai was in Gurgaon, India, yesterday, to launch Android One in the country, and followed it up with an with entrepreneurs and developers at an event organized by NASSCOM. Notes on what Pichai said, from a developer ecosystem perspective: On Android One - Android growth in India: Globally, Android had 1 billion 30 day active users in June 2014. In India, it is growing at a faster pace than it is globally: Android users tripled in India in the last 12 months. - Launched to help increase access: 1 billion of 4 billion people who don't have access to the Internet, are in India. Issues impacting growth of the Internet on mobile span hardware (People need to get access to the same quality of hardware), Software (Phones aren't very secure and the experience is inconsistent accross devices) and connectivity (people don't have access to quality connectivity). Android One tries to address all three. - Hardware and software challenges Android One addresses: "You have to source components and test it. As we change the software, we have to retest everything. This drives compexity for the OEM. With Android One, we're providing a hardware reference board, with a turnkey solution. Where Android One is headed is, with each OEM, we give a menu option, where they can choose hardware options." In software, we're operating like the ISI (the Indian : it's a software which is secure, all your data is fully backed up in the cloud, and we provide…
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