Android One – Google’s 100$ Smartphone to be launched in India – Sundar Pichai at Google I/O
Google’s senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps, Sundar Pichai announced Google’s plan to introduce sub $100 smartphones by this fall. The project, named Android One, is focussed on developing sub $100 smartphones that will be running the stock version of the Android.
Android One in India | Specifications
An Android One model was even revealed by Sundar Pichai at the event. The Android one model is made by Micromax which has some interesting specifications for an under Rs 6000 smartphone.
It features a 4.5 inch screen and comes with a dual sim option. Also an expandable storage via SD card and even FM radio. These features are said to be introduced to target the Indian market specifically
Android One in India | Manufacturing Partners
Apart from Micromax, Google has also confirmed that 2 other Indian companies – Spice and Karbonn are also the initial partners in the Android One project.
Interestingly, Google’s rival , Microsoft is also trying to trying to establish itself in this segment by working together with domestic brands like Micromax, Karbonn and Xolo to launch cheap smartphones that run on its Windows Phone 8.1 – something which Google is clerly ahead at the moment.
Android One in India | Release Date
While not pin-pointing a particular date, Sundhar Panchai did indicate that the Android one would be available in the market by next fall
The current condition of the Indian low-budget smartphone segment is still dominated by feature phones, with only about 10% share of smartphones. The main reason behind this situation is the cheap price of feature phones. Though, Android smartphones are also present in the under Rs6ooo segment, like the world’s Cheapest Celkon Campus A35K running the latest android 4.4 Kitkat, but these handsets are known for poor user experiences and cheap quality hardware r other compromises . In fact, the beast, cheapest 0ption available right now is the MotoE.
However, this announcement by Google to make Android One with Indian manufacturers has raised a hope for a good quality cheap smartphones.