In about an hour, Google will launch the Android One initiative at an event in New Delhi, and also launch the first smartphones. These smartphones have been built by Google’s hardware partners that include domestic smartphone vendors like Micromax, Spice and Karbonn.
Android chief Sundar Pichai first announced Android One at I/O earlier this year and will also be the one initiating the proceedings today. The initiative is Google’s vision of bringing a great Android experience with timely software updates to $100 smartphones. Android One will be first launched in India, and then will be launched globally.
Google has partnered Micromax, Spice and Karbonn to launch Android One smartphones in the country. The search giant has offered hardware reference designs and software to its partners to come up with the smartphones. Thanks to a leak by Flipkart we know Spice’s smartphone will be called Android One Dream UNO Mi-498 and will feature a 4.5-inch FWVGA display, and 1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM. Also included will be a 5-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 4GB internal storage, microSD card slot, and a 1,700mAh battery.
While Micromax and Karbonn have kept their cards close to their chests, their smartphone too will boast similar specifications. As for pricing, the three smartphones will retail in the Rs 6,000 and Rs 7,000 price range.