At the Google event in India to announce the new Android One smartphones, Google’s Senior Vice President for Android, Chrome and Apps also announced something interesting. That new hardware partners would also be part of the program.
These hardware partners include the big names in the mobile industry like HTC, Asus and Lenovo. Other players like Panasonic (usually on and off), Xolo (very popular in India), Intex, Lava and Alcatel are also in the mix. Worth noting however is the addition of Qualcomm. The current Android One devices are powered by a Mediatek chip and since Qualcomm isn’t interested in any other business other than chipsets this new development means something: there will be Android One devices running Snapdragon chips (200, 400 and the like) soon. Qualcomm has been the obvious choice for the likes of Microsoft and even Google’s low end and mid-range efforts and this was bound to happen sooner rather than later.