Google on September 15, 2014 launched the awaited Android One project in India along with three smartphones. Android One was announced at Google IO this year which aims to bring quality mobile experience in low end market which is a booming segment in India.
The event addressed by Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President, Android and Chrome Apps witnessed many announcements regarding the project launch. Partnering with Micromax, Spice and Karbonn as one of the first smartphone vendors to sell Android One handsets, Google also announced more to come in future. India is the first country to have AndroidOne project launch and this will be carried forward to more developing countries with similar demands in the near future.
The smartphones which have been launched are Micromax Canvas A1, Karbonn Sparkle V and Spice Dream Uno starting at Rs. 6,399. These smartphones come with exactly same specifications as per the reference design provided by Google to run the optimized operating system.
All the phones are running on Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS and will be upgradable to Android L. These smartphones features a 4.5-inch IPS display with 1GB RAM and 4GB internal memory. They come with a expandable memory option up to 32GB via external microSD card. Sporting a 5MP rear autofocus camera and 2MP front-facing camera, these smartphones are backed up by a 1700mAh battery.
Airtel has also making a beat on this initiative by lending 200MB 3G data every month for first six months for updating Apps and Google OTA updates. More plans about bringing in few more hardware partners to the initiative including Acer, Alcatel Onetouch, ASUS, HTC, Intex, Lava, Lenovo, Panasonic, and Xolo, as well as chipmaker Qualcomm. Additionally Android One shall be launching in Indonesia, the Philippines, and developing nations in South Asia by the end of the year.