Google has unveiled its first set of Android One low-cost smartphones in the Indian market, partnering with Indian hardware vendors Spice, Micromax and Karbonn. The three phones will be available online on Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal and via Reliance Digital, Croma and The Mobile Store, offline. From now, the Phone is available for online purchase.
Devices that it believes will give existing and first time smartphone buyers, and, new and existing mobile internet users, a high-end internet experience on smartphones, without burning a hole through their pockets.
One of the world’s fastest growing smartphone markets will become ground zero for Google’s Android One initiative over the next few months, as the world’s most popular search engine takes a giant leap from connecting the next billion, not just through the internet but also through smartphones.
Under the Android One programme Google partners with local phone makers to create and sell affordable yet feature-packed Android phones. Google essentially provides hardware reference boards and software support to partner vendors under the programme.
The devices that the vendors are offers are likely to have 5-megapixel cameras, quad-core processors, 1 GB RAM with 4.3-4.5 inch screens, powered by Android Kitkat 4.4.4 version operating system apart from a 1700-mAh battery, dual SIM slots and SD card slot to expand memory.