Google I/O 2014 shed light on the Android One initiative that was focused bringing a workable Android to nearly every hand, this was just a concept that has now finally turned into reality. Today Google has launched their Android One initiative with Three New devices in India – Karbon Sparkle V, Micromax Canvas A1 and Spice Dream UNO. The Dream UNO costs INR6299 ($103), the Sparkle V costs INR6399 ($105) and the Canvas A1 costs INR6499 ($106). These devices will be sold exclusively by Amazon.in, Flipkart and Snapdeal but each seller will be limited to a specific device, Karbonn Sparkle V will be sold on Snapdeal, Micromax Canvas V1 through Amazon and the Spice Dream UNO through Flipkart.
Specifications of Android One devices
- 4.5-inch, 854×480 resolution IPS Display
- MediaTek MT6582 SoC with 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU
- Mali 400 MP2 GPU
- 4GB Internal Storage & 1GB RAM
- MicroSD Expandable
- 5MP Rear & 2MP Front camera
- Dual SIM
- FM Radio
- 1700mAh Battery
These smartphones run on Android 4.4.4 that is of STOCK variety as in the Nexus line, also Google will push update to these devices directly for Two years from launch. The Android L will also be made available to all these devices, so that’s a big plus in a $100 phone.
Special offers on Android One Devices
Google is making sure that these devices give customers enough reason to love them as there are plenty of unique offers aside from the Updates from Google themselves. AirTel users of the Android One handsets will be able to download updates without paying any data charges for the first Six months, along with this users will be able to avail Applications downloads worth 200MB from PlayStore for free every month. If that wasn’t enough for you then another perk of getting an Android One device is that you can watch YouTube videos offline and also get a free subscription of Google Play Newsstand for the first year.
Talking about the Non-Google perks each online retailer is offering various schemes such as financing options, discounts on accessories, and free memory card when you buy an Android One Handset from them. This is surely one hell of an initiative by Google and will be welcomed with open arms by Indian Customers looking for Good Android Handset at a cheap price, the only competition at this point lies from Motorola Moto E and Xiaomi Redmi 1S that offer better specs for a similar price.
Google will be bringing Android One devices to other countries that include Indonesia, Philippines, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka by the end of the year, while more countries will join in 2015. Also other Android OEMs like Acer, Alcatel Onetouch, ASUS, HTC, Intex, Lava, Lenovo, Panasonic, Xolo, and Qualcomm will be joining the Android One initiative in the following months.
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