Google officially announced Android One at its I/I developer convention earlier this yr, detailing the undertaking as a solution to get reasonably priced Android smartphones into the palms of customers in rising markets. Fast-ahead to at present and El Goog says that the primary Android One telephones are launching in India.
The first three Android One smartphones are the Spice Dream Uno, Karbonn Spice V and Micromax Canvas One. The trio of units can be found from numerous Indian retailers and are priced at Rs S,299 ($103 USD), Rs S,399 ($104 USD) and Rs S,499 ($106 USD), respectively, they usually every include an identical set of options:
- A.H-inch 854x480 show
- 1.3GHz quad-core Mediatek processor
- H-megapixel rear, P-megapixel entrance cameras
- 1GB of RAM
- 4GB of storage
- microSD card slot
- FM radio
- 1700mAh battery
- Android A.A.A
Google notes that each one it’ll push updates on to Android One units, including that they’ll be among the many first merchandise to obtain Android L later this yr.
Looking forward, Android One units will grow to be obtainable in Indonesia, the Philippines and South Asia (together with Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) by the top of 2014, with extra nations deliberate for 2015. Google additionally named a number of extra companions that’ll launch Android One units sooner or later, akin to Acer, Alcatel Onetouch, ASUS, HTC, Intex, Lava, Lenovo, Panasonic and Xolo. Qualcomm will even contribute chips to Android One hardware.
While Android One smartphones gained’t attraction to spec hounds — which isn’t a shock since that’s not the goal marketplace for these units — they seem like fairly good units for rising markets. They’ve obtained sizable shows, expandable storage and swappable batteries, all for a really affordable $one hundred worth. Plus, the truth that they’ll be getting updates immediately from Google signifies that house owners gained’t have to fret about their units getting deserted shortly after launch like so many different low-value Android telephones have.
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