Google has officially announced its first three; budget and all made by Indians smartphones, under its Android One program, to make the android smartphones available for budget-conscious consumers with more consistent Android experience.
Three of the models, Karbonn Sparkle V, Spice Android One Dream UNO Mi-498, and the Micromax Canvas A1, cost less than $110 in unlocked condition. Among the three Micromax Canvas A1 is the most expensive at $106 USD, second is Karbonn’s model at $104 USD while the third on is Spice’s phone at $103 USD.
Alongside Karbonn, Spice and Micromax, google issued a list of its hardware partners that will commercialize Android One devices. Among these are several better known companies like HTC, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer the list also includes Alcatel, Panasonic, Intex, Lava, and Xolo.
The Specs in all three initial models are the same; a 4.5 inch screen with a resolution of 480 x 854, 1GB of RAM on board, 4GB of native storage, 5MP rear-facing camera and a 2MP front camera.
Each phone comes with a 1700mAh battery, and has Android 4.4.4 pre-installed with Wi-Fi , 3G and Bluetooth connectivity, and support for dual SIM cards.
The processor for Android One hasn’t been announced, but expectedly a quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek is being employed on all three models. Qualcomm, the world’s largest mobile chipset maker and MediaTek are for now the only supporting chipmakers for Android One.
The Micromax handset is now available from Amazon, Spice’s device is available from Indian online retailer Flipkart, and Karbonn’s offering can be purchased from from Snapdeal.
The official announcement for another Android One handsets is yet to come, but it should happen pretty soon. Android One comes with a feature of quick updates to Android’s OS, and other manufacturers such as Lenovo, HTC and Panasonic are said to be working on their own Android One handsets.