Google today introduced three smartphones from its Android One program partners and India is the first country to get the devices. Android One was first talked about during Google I/O in June this year. It is Google’s ambitious imitative to bring quality Android handsets to masses and also address some issues in current affordable smartphones such as lack of software updates.
Google had already said that the Android One handsets would cost as low as $100. Today, Google finally introduced three devices from Micromax, Spice and Karbonn which are well known domestic manufacturers. All three devices run on MediaTek’s SoCs. The three devices launched today have similar internals as Google is the one who decides the key components of Android One devices. However, these devices look different outside. The devices which were announced today are, Spice Dream Uno, Karbonn Sparkle V and Micromax Canvas A1. These devices will be available through online stores exclusively. Here too, Google has played a smart move by bringing three online stores on the same platform. Spice Dream UNO will be available through Flipkart, Karbonn Sparkle V on Snapdeal while Micromax Canvas A1 will be sold by Amazon India.
Let’s have a look at the specs of these devices. All three smartphones are powered by MediaTek MT6582 SoC which features a 1.3 GHz quad-core CPU and 1GB of RAM. All three phones also come with features like Dual SIM support, microSD slots, replaceable battery and FM Radio which are crucial in context of emerging markets such as India. These devices already run latest Android KitKat 4.4.4 and will be among the first few to receive Android L update later this year which will be delivered directly by Google. Google has also taken Airtel to throw in some offers for Android One devices. Airtel will waive off data charges on software updates and will provide 200MB of free data for downloading apps, for first six months. All three smartphones cost Rs.6,399 (~$105).
There will be more exciting hardware coming from Android One program in next few months. And with Google’s control over the key market will ensure only quality devices reach consumers. I’m excited to see new smartphones that will float around us soon. How about you?