Google finally unveiled the Android One devices which are a low budget smartphones. Of course, as the branding comes from Google itself, we could see the Stock Android and a lot of regular Updates right from Google itself.
In total there have been three devices announced in the launch event today in New Delhi, India. Google announced a device with each of the three smartphone manufacturers Micromax, Karbonn and Spice. Also Google has sourced almost all the arts of the devices, so that they are in the low budget category. Reportedly Google also partnered with local network provider to make the data plans easy and cheap for the users.
Sundar Pichai, said that the first batch of these devices would be as cheap as 6,399 rupees or $105. If you buy them on contract free basis Though availability of an contracted device is not certain as of yet. These devices may or may not be launched in the Western Markets, but as of now they won’t be having these.
Also all the three smartphones would be having these specifications atleast:
- atleast 4.5 inches of display
- 1GB of RAM
- Quad Core Processor, mostly a Mediatek chipset
- Ability to be bale to recieve the next update, i.e., Android L most preferably.
- A 5 Megapixel camera.
Also in accordance with the requirements above, they would also be having micro SD slots, replaceable batteries, and also Dual SIM functionality. Reportedly three of the main manufactures of India, would be coming up with their Android One Devices, who are Micromax (already the leading manufacturer in the country), Spice and Karbonn.
- A 4.5 inches of display, with a resolution of 854×480 pixels.
- A Quad Core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz with MediaTek MT6582 SoC chipset.
- Mali 400 MP2 GPU
- 1 GB of RAM
- 4 GB of internal storage, also expandable via SD card.
- 5 Megapixel primary shooter, and 2 MP secondary shooter.
- Dual SIM functionality
- 1700 mAh battery, which also replaceable.
Google is now making sure that these devices go hit the sales records hard, as they also have been working to make some their apps streamlined with India, For instance, they have been made following changes in their apps to increase the performance and the efficiency:
- addition of railway bookings and cricket scores to Google Now
- “offline” version of YouTube, so videos can be re-watched without incurring extra data charges after the initial download
- introduction of 13 local publications to Play Newsstand
Also most importantly Google has made sure that the device manufacturers do not tweak the Stock Andorid User Interface like all of the mobile manufacturers have been doing. So in a nutshell Android Ones, will be running on the Stock Android, receive regular updates ( atleast the update for Android L), and also be branding some decent specs at such a low price.
Also Sundar Pichai added, that they would rolling out more Android Ones, according to the need of the customer and also keeping in mind the hardware needs of day to day and keeping the users up to date with both hardware and software as well. Also he said, that more of the manufacturers are joining the program like Acer, Asus, HTC, Panasonic, Alcatel, and also Qualcomm, and their respective Ones would be launched later in the coming time.
So all in all Google has decided to dominate the smartphone market, not only with their operating system, Android, but now also with the partnered branding, atleast in India. But with this Android One release, we are left in many more doubts? How will the devices sell, also noting the fact that Xiaomi has also just set their feet firm in India. Well only time will tell us. How do you feel about the Android One launch, let us know by your comments below.