Google has released its first Android One devices in India. These handsets will provide better user experience which cheaper handsets fail to do so due to cost cutting in manufacturing.
The three new handsets are the Spice Android One Dream UNO Mi-498, the Micromax Canvas A1 and the Karbonn Sparkle V.
With these devices, Google has managed to optimize the hardware and software costs to keep its retail price around $100 (Rs 6000-7000).
Specifications of all three phones are the minimum specified by Google:
4.5-inch display (845 x 480 pixels),
Dual SIM support
Stock version of Android 4.4
A quad core Mediatek processor
4GB storage, microSD card for expansion (up to 32GB supported)
These specifications will ensure a fluid user experience as compared to the various cheaper devices already available in the market. Google has partnered with local network operators to provide special data packages to the users. Airtel users can download Android updates and apps worth 200MB per six month at zero cost.
Each handset brand has been tied up with one online retailing website.
Spice : Flipkart
Micromax : Amazon India
Karbonn : Snapdeal
These handsets will go on sale today from 3.30pm and will be available on shops for physical sale from October 24th.
The upcoming Android One partners will be Acer, Alcatel, ASUS, HTC, Intex, Lava, Lenovo, Panasonic and Xolo. Qualcomm will the new processor partner in upcoming phones in addition to current Mediatek. The Android One will be expanded to other south Asian countries till the end of 2014.