One of Google’s latest projects is the Android One program. The goal is to bring more affordable Android handsets to countries where people might not be able to afford a smartphone. Google has already launched a few handsets in specific Asian markets, and now new ones are coming to the Philippines.
The Philippines is the sixth nation to join the program, joining these other countries:
- Sri Lanka
Local retailers Cherry Mobile and MyPhone are the first stores to begin carrying Android One devices in the country. The two smartphones are dubbed the Cherry One and MyPhone Uno and include an offline YouTube function, allowing users to download and watch selected videos without needing a data connection. Both of the phones will cost under 5,000 Philippine Peso, which is about $115 in US currency.
No specs have been announced, but it’s presumable that they will match other Android One devices released in other regions, with dual-SIM capability, a microSD card slot, FM radio, a removable battery along with front and back cameras.
Google has also announced that they are working with their partners to offer consumers cost-saving incentives for users who will purchase Android One devices, such as downloading OTA updates and app downloads from the Play Store.