Today, Android phones exist, basically in three forms; Stock Android, Android One and Android Go. However, this article focuses on the differences between Stock Android vs Android One
Furthermore, it is important to state that, Google is the grand pioneer of all Android devices and it has significant impacts on the software, as well as the hardware composition of all the Android devices. As a result of this, all the three flavours of Android (Stock Android, Android One and Android Go) have certain similarities, as well as a host of differences (basically the differences in the release of security updates, how open source software are used; what pre-installed apps are included among others).
Stock Android vs Android One – The Differences
Stock Android Explained
Stock Android is the original Android operating system, which is developed by Google. Devices on this platform are typically manufactured by Google (they are often referred to as Google devices). The first set of Google – Stock Android devices are the devices in the Nexus line (such as the Nexus 5x and Nexus 6P) and the Pixel series devices. However, the Nexus line of Stock Android is officially out of production and practically no more in the market. A new improved version of Stock Android is released every year.
As Google flagship phones, Stock Android devices get updates directly from Google; they don’t rely on any form of a third-party intermediary to supply with Google services. These services basically include security updates, bug fixes, app updates and many more.
Furthermore, with the exception of the Pixel series devices (which are original Google flagship devices), Google sets no ground rules (in terms of hardware configurations and the likes) to Stock Android device manufacturers.
Another interesting feature of Stock Android is the fact that; it does not support bloatware shipping and it doesn’t allow for any form of unwarranted modifications (unless authorized by Google)
The demand for stock Android devices has been on the increase over the years, basically because of the premium packages it offers.
Android One Explained
Android One was rolled out in India only 4years ago, in 2014. It was developed to make Android devices more accessible (affordable) to the low-end user in developed and underdeveloped countries of the world, with low-end specifications and hardware composition. However, over the course of its four years of existence, the Android One platform has grown and now offers moderately – classed devices. One of the higher end phones operating on the Android One platform is the Moto X4, Infinix also came out with the Note 5 running on Android One not long ago.
Unlike in the case of Stock Android, manufacturers of Android One phones are offered software development services by Google, while the manufacturing firms develop the hardware components themselves (although it must meet up with Google requirements).
Furthermore, Google, through the Android One platform, provides updates and security patches to smartphone manufacturers, only over a stipulated period of time (usually between 2 to 3 years) and they are required to supply Google with regular security updates on their devices. This is unlike the Stock Android platform, where such updates are readily available, directly from Google.
In addition, manufacturers of Android One mobile phones are restricted from making any form of modification to the operating system provided by Google.
The Normal Android Experience
Traditional OEM devices such as Samsung, Huawei and LG use Google services on the AOSP platform. However, to get the normal Android experience, Smartphone manufacturers have to get certification (from Google), to take a source code from Google services platform(s). This enables the manufacturers to use Google’s mobile services.
In summary, to get a pure android experience, Smartphone manufacturers are required to build their devices on one of the three notable Android platforms: Stock Android, Android One and Android Go.
Conclusion – Stock Android vs Android One
With this analysis on Stock Android vs Android One, if you are a tech-enthusiast, Stock Android devices are highly recommended for you. On the other hand, if you are a low-end user, looking for affordable Android experience; you can go for Android One devices.