New series of Android One smartphones, which Google guaranteed to be “cheap” Android phone available in developing markets, might soon land in India at a cost tag of around Rs. 10,000. Anyway these Android may not be precisely what Google made a guarantee to us they would be.
If you go back to the Google’s I/O 2014, they guaranteed to offer much cheaper Android handsets to emerging markets sometime this fall.
According to a recent news, the new Android One running smartphone could be arriving into the subcontinent as early as next month, which, if goes as planned, will put the launch of Android One an complete month of the original plan. In India, the three smartphone makers that will manufacture these smartphones will be Karbonn, Spice and Micromax which Google announced them as official Indian partners at I/O. According to the search giant, these smartphones will feature a vanilla Android version without any errors and bugs, then to be endorsed by Google for launch.
It seems as local OEMs are not satisfied with the price tag Google announced at I/O. At Google I/O the price announced was only $100(Around 6000 INR) but according to the OEMs report, they are shipping the smartphone at $170 (around 10,000 INR). That might affect the Android One market, anyways these are all predictions or rumors you can say, we just need to wait for the release to get clear everything.
As showcased the first Micromax smartphone running Android One at I/O, the specs rumored about the device to have a 4.5 inch display screen with the resolution 960×540, Snapdragon 200 processor (expected to have Cortex A5 CPU and Adreno 203 GPU), 5MP camera, a microSD slot and dual-SIM.
The main aspect of Google is to reach every people across the world and Android One is the first step taken towards the goal. Google should continue to expand the Android One program globally to cover more countries in the near future, offering more low-cost devices.