Google announced the Android One project back in June in order to bring smartphones running stock Android to developing regions. And today, Indian manufacturer Micromax has unveiled the first smartphone based on the project with a miserly price of just $106. As expected, the smartphone doesn’t scream of powerful hardware, but runs the latest and greatest version of Android which makes all the difference.
Software support is coming directly from Google, which means updates will be sent out instantaneously similar to a Nexus device. Android One devices will also be launched by manufacturers like Acer, Alcatel, Asus, HTC, Lenovo and Panasonic over the coming months, so it’s not just going to be limited to India.
Speaking of the smartphone shown off earlier today, it’s packing a 4.5 inch 480 x 854 resolution display, 4GB of internal storage (expandable), 1GB of RAM, dual SIM capability, a quad core 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT6582 SoC, Android 4.4.4 KitKat and a 1,700 mAh battery. Other Indian manufacturers like Spice and Karbonn Mobiles are gearing up to launch Android One powered handsets as well.
Google has announced that all Android One smartphones will receive Android L later this year, which is excellent news for prospective buyers. There’s very little info on when the global expansion will begin, but considering that the likes of Lenovo and HTC have joined the project, we don’t think it’s far away. Qualcomm has partnered with Google to supply chipsets for Android One handsets, so we might see Snapdragon 400 or 410 powered devices in the coming months as well.
Source: Amazon India
Via: The Verge