As all of us know by now, the Android One smartphones were put out for sale to public in India two days ago and the response has been very good. Google had tied up with three Indian OEMs namely Micromax, Karbonn and Spice to bring out three Android One smartphones: Micromax Canvas A1, Spice Dream UNO and Karbonn Sparkle V. The cheap smartphones were each made available on a different online stores: Canvas A1 was made available through Amazon while the Sparkle V and the Dream UNO were made available through Snapdeal and Flipkart respectively.
While this was something we all know, something interesting about the Android One smartphones is that Amazon reported that they the Micromax Canvas A1 is already out of stock, just two days after being made available. We expected the Android One smartphones to get a good response but the Canvas A1 going out of stock in just two days was beyond our expectations. If you were planning to buy one, there’s no need to worry as the smartphone will be back in stock by tomorrow.
This good sales record has got the SoC developer MediaTek stepping in and releasing a statement claiming that they forecast the Android One smartphone sales to go upto a whooping 1.5 to 2 million by the end of this year. For those of you who dont know, all the Android One smartphones are powered by a MediaTek quad-core processor. While the numbers may not seem like a big deal, they sure seem big when you consider the fact that the Android One smartphones have been launched only in India as of now.
The Android One smartphones provide both good hardware an software support for the ultimate Android One experience and with the updates coming directly from Google, you’ll hardly have to wait for the updates. Here is what MediaTek’s Mohit Bhushan had to say about the Android One’s effect on the Indian smartphone market:
In the short term, there can be disruptions. But, this will eventually lead to handset makers not part of Android One to invest on innovating the mobile experience.
Google too is working their heels off to make sure the Android One smartphones offer the ultimate Android experience. We say so because Google has made the kernel files for the Android Kitkat on the Android One smartphones available to the public and this move was welcomed by all specially by all the Android developers out there who are going to make the most of this opportunity.
Affordable yet reliable smartphones running stock Android Kitkat, receiving all the latest updates directly from Google and now the kernel files being made available. Google is making an offer too hard to resist for anyone with their Android One smartphones. Will Google be able to reach their goal of equipping 5 million new people with the Android One smartphones in India? We’ll find out in the coming time. Till then, stay tuned for more updates.