At I/O 2014, Google introduced a new program designed to focus on getting Android smartphones to the next 5 billion potential users. To do this, the company has launched Android One. This is a program which Google uses to help OEMs to deliver high quality smartphone experiences to low cost devices. Today Google has officially launched that by opening the program to the Indian market with three smartphones available at launch.
This first batch of Android One devices includes device from Karbonn, Micromax, and Spice. All three devices fall in between Rs 6,299 and Rs 6,499. All three devices pack the same spec package as well.
- 4.5″ FWVGA IPS Display – 480×854
- Cortex A7 1.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB Internal Storage
- microSD Card Support Up To 32GB
- Dual-SIM Support – MicroSIM
- 5MP Rear Camera
- 2MP Front Camera
- 1700 mAh Battery
- Stock Android 4.4 KitKat (Guaranteed Upgrade To Android L)
Even those specs may seem a little underwhelming, thanks to the stock software on board, there should be no issues in performance on day to day usage. Google will be updating these devices themselves, and they are guaranteeing an upgrade to Android L as soon as it comes out.
To sweeten the deal, Google has partnered with Airtel to assist any of their customers who purchase Android One devices. First of all, and updates will not count towards their data plans. Second, Google is providing 200mb of free data each month for downloading applications from the Google Play store.
Acer, Alcatel, OneTouch, ASUS, HTC, Lenovo, Panasonic, Xolo and more have also joined in on the Android One program to provide new handsets for it. Android One will be expanding to more countries next year. A full list is below.
- Sri Lanka
You can pick up the current Android One phones, the Karbonn Sparkle V Blue, MicroMax Canvas A1, and the Spice Dream UNO today. Links are below to purchase them.