Caesar Sengupta, VP Product Management at Google has told Innovation Village that Google through Android is enabling the creation of a smartphone ecosystem, an important aspect of which is Android One.

“Android One is part of a broader Android ecosystem. With Android One we are getting OEMs to get the latest version of Android to users. If you look at the huge penetration of smartphones, most of them are driven by Android and in most cases, Android is really enabling the creation of a smartphone ecosystem,” he said.

He added that the company is also enabling its partners to bring great devices all round the world and not just in Africa.

On the decision to first launch Android One in Nigeria before other African countries, the Google VP said Google wants to use Nigeria as a springboard to other African countries and beyond.

“We will use Nigeria as a springboard to the rest of Africa. Soon after the Nigeria launch, Android One will be launched in Kenya, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Egypt and Morocco, and thereafter the UAE and Saudi Arabia. It takes time to get the right partners but once you have the right people you can move fast,” he told Innovation Village.