Android One - Sundar
At Google I/O, one of the larger announcements was for a sub-$100 non-Nexus Android hardware platform for developing markets called Android One. The idea being that Google would define basic hardware specs, which manufacturers would use to produce phones. Google’s plan is to supply a vanilla Android build that will allow for fast OS updates, that carriers could ‘localise’ with apps from Google Play. When these phones would launch wasn’t announced at Google I/O, beyond ‘later this year’, but it’s now being speculated that they will arrive in October.

The Indian based Economic Times has reported the launch date for the phones, which will see handsets come from Micromax, Karbonn, Spice, Intex and Celkon launched in India with an AU $18 million advertising campaign in October. The launch is apparently being timed to coincide with a visit to the sub-continent by head of the Android and Chrome teams, Sundar Pichai.

Specs wise, Google announced some key points of the Android One reference platform at Google I/O. Android One phones have been confirmed to include a 4.5″ Screen, SD Card (presumably microSD Card) storage, Dual-SIM and with an FM Radio. Speculation at this stage, points to the phone being powered by a MediaTek processor, but nothing is announced yet, so it’s pure speculation.
Android One reference

The Android One platform is Google’s play to reach the ‘next 5 billion’ customers. Android One will allow Google to show off Android to a large number of people who are experiencing mobile computing for the first time. Using a stock interface will also allow them to not only control the look and feel of Android, but allow them to retain the ability to push security and feature updates with ease.

We’ve taken steps to acquire an Android One when it’s released, so we look forward to giving it a shot when it comes out.

Do you expect the Android One to come to Australia or will it remain in emerging markets?

Source: Economic Times.
Via: BGR.
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    Curious George
    Curious George
    6 years ago

    I’m curious as to why people who don’t live in India care so much about the One program? I mean, unless you plan on getting rid of your $800+ phone and move to India for a handset.

    vijay alapati
    vijay alapati
    Reply to  Curious George
    6 years ago

    +1

    Taciturn
    Taciturn
    Reply to  Curious George
    6 years ago

    What kind of an Android fan/follower are you (if you’re one at all). It’s not so much about caring about cheap handsets being launched in developing countries. Its about knowing/learning/appreciating how Google continues to push the limits of technology and innovation to reach out to the balance 80% of the world population who can’t afford the $800+ handsets.

    JeniSkunk
    JeniSkunk
    Reply to  Taciturn
    6 years ago

    And all of that 80% isn’t solely in developing markets. Some of it is in first world developed markets.

    Jonathan
    Jonathan
    Reply to  Curious George
    6 years ago

    Because it continues Android’s dominance, which benefits all of us from an ecosystem point of view.

    Android One is also a forerunner for a similar program for higher-end phones. It’s Nexus on another level.

    Damien Xenos
    Damien Xenos
    Reply to  Curious George
    6 years ago

    And it also puts pressure on providers of $800 flagship phones to get closer to the materials cost is building that phone.

    You may be happy with paying near $1000 for a phone but that would make you daft.

    This cost undoubtedly includes an inflated profit margin and a large margin (hundreds of dollars) for advertising budgets. Not great considering you pay. You sound a bit like my teenage daughter