Last month at Google I/O, Android chief Sundar Pichai surprised everyone by announcing the Android One initiative. This initiative, which will be launched first in India, will see sub-$100 smartphones running on stock Android from Micromax, Karbonn and Spice. A report on Business Standard now claims that the first smartphones could be launched within the next three months. The report reveals that Sundar Pichai will be coming to India sometime between September and October to launch Android One smartphones. Also Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football ChampionshipAlso Read - Fake apps scam: How to identify fake apps on Android, iOS
Android One has the potential to shake up the entry-level segment in India, where smartphones aren t known for the hardware or software quality. This will change as Google will provide both software guidelines as well as hardware reference designs to OEMs. Also Read - Android 12 beta 2 rolling out: New privacy features, tweaked design and more
Not much is known about the hardware, except that the first Android One smartphone from Micromax will feature a 4.5-inch display, dual-SIM card slots, FM Radio and a microSD card slot. A separate report also claimed that Google had tied up with MediaTek to provide chipsets for these affordable smartphones.