Google and a number of partners on Monday introduced the first three smartphones to operate under the Android one banner. Designed to deliver low-priced devices to as many people as possible, the Android One line is a collaborative effort between carriers, hardware makers, and more. Powered by MediaTek’s MT6582 (quad ARM CortexTM A7) processors, the phones offer consumers many of the essentials needed in a smartphone experience.
They have high-quality front- and rear-facing cameras. And for all those pictures, along with your apps and videos, Android One phones will have expandable storage. We also added features that people in India will find particularly useful, like dual SIM cards, a replaceable battery and built-in FM radio.
The first three smartphones being announced are the Karbonn Sparkle V, Micromax Canvas A1, and Spice Dream UNO. Priced around Rs 6,399 ($105 U.S.), the trio are shipping with Android 4.4 KitKat but will also pick up Android L updates later this year. As is the case with the Nexus line, Google will maintain the updates, skipping the time and efforts needed for wireless providers.
The future of Android One
In addition to the new smartphones, Google is also announcing new hardware and component makers under the Android One umbrella. Looking ahead we should anticipate devices from companies such as Acer, Alcatel Onetouch, ASUS, HTC, Intex, Lava, Lenovo, Panasonic, Xolo, and chipmaker Qualcomm. In terms of expanded market availability, Google anticipates Android One products in Indonesia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka over the remainder of 2014 with more to come next year.