As expected, Google today disclosed the first Android One phone in New Delhi, India. Google, partnered with three Indian mobile phone makers (Mircomax, Karbonn and Spice Mobiles) to create three $100 (INR 6399/-) smartphones (Karbonn Sparkle V, Micromax Canvas A1, and Spice Dream UNO), as well as teamed up with India’s largest mobile carrier Bharti Airtel which have 40 percent of smartphone users in the country on its network.
Google’s new handsets have been launched in india with aim to bring high-quality smartphones at affordable prices for the consumers in emerging markets with later plans of expansion to other markets in South East Asia and beyond. Android One is first rolling out in India, then in Indonesia, Philippines and other markets of South Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) by the end of 2014 and more countries to be added in this list by 2015. Sundar Pichai Google Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome & Apps announced about the low cost android phones initiative at the Google I/O developer conference in June 2014. Pichai also stated
While 1.75 billion people around the world already have a smartphone, the vast majority of the world’s population—over five billion more—do not.
Google also announced inclusion of new partners to the program, including Acer, Alcatel Onetouch, ASUS, HTC, Intex, Lava, Lenovo, Panasonic, Xolo, and chipmaker Qualcomm.
What does an Android Once device offer?
All three $100 Google One devices by indian mobile phone manufacturers will be consisting following features
- FWVGA Display
- 854×480 pixel Resolution
- Quad Core 1.3GHz MediaTek Processor
- Dual SIM Capability
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB Storage + microSD card slot
- 5 Megapixel Rear Camera
- Removable 1,700mAh battery
- Android 4.4 (KitKat)
Google’s drive for developing markets takes a whole leap by the Android One scheme. The arrival of Google One Smart Phone will also enable the users to enjoy free of charge android updates for the first six months, as well as 200MB worth of apps, which won’t count against their monthly data usage, and carrier will not charge for these updates. This will address one of the major problems in indian cellular data market, where most data plans are prepaid and smart phone users tend to ignore updating their OS and apps because auto-update features usually eat through much of their plans.
Google also confirmed a particular YouTube app (coming soon) allowing consumers to download videos and view them offline. This has been something Google has normally avoided but now it allows users to watch it later with no need of data charges for viewing again.
Want to buy an Android One device?
You can buy an Android One device at an Android Ambassador store in your neighbourhood in India. Alternatively, you can buy a device online at Flipkart, Amazon or Snapdeal.