Android-powered smartphones are dime a dozen out there, but one of the things which actually make the Nexus range of devices from Google happen to be the fact that they are a whole lot more developer-friendly. When it comes to the Nexus branded devices, unlocking the bootloader is more or less as simple as plugging in a USB cable, before you enable USB debugging, followed by typing a command on your PC via the Android SDK, or at least fastboot. However, the recently announced batch of Android One smartphones could very well be as developer-friendly.
In fact, someone from the xda-developers forum has managed to successfully port over the ClockworkMod recovery in order to have it run on the first three Android One smartphones. Android One happens to be a platform that Google has thought up of, working alongside smartphone manufacturers to deliver extremely affordable Android smartphones that will offer a reliable software experience. Having ClockworkMod recovery installed, these handsets can be easily rooted, to perform backups or restore disk partitions, as well as perform other changes.
If you are in the market for a brand new Android-powered tablet, and yet do not want to blow your carefully balanced monthly budget, how about considering a player which is not too major, and yet has a fair amount of experience and background in the situation? Acer might be a decent candidate, especially when we hear of the Acer Iconia One 8 being an Android-powered device which sports an 8” 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display with a wide viewing angle, not to mention having it run on a quad-core Intel Atom Z3735G Bay Trail processor.
First announced earlier this month, the approval from the FCC does point to a high chance of it making its way to the U.S., as it would be only a matter of time now. The Iconia One 8 carries the full device model number of Acer Iconia One B1-810, with a code named “Vesper 8”. It will be a low cost device, sporting decent features such as HDMI output, a microSD memory card slot, and Android 4.4 KitKat as the operating system of choice, seeing its chassis tip the scales at approximately 12 ounces while measuring 0.3” thin.