Google today took the wraps off Android One in India today, launching three new smartphones with its hardware partners Micromax, Karbonn and Spice. At the event, the search giant also announced nine new hardware partners who will develop the next batch of Android One smartphones. Also Read - Google rolls out major update to 2 billion Chrome users, fixes critical bugsAlso Read - Delhi Police sends notice to Clubhouse, Google over targeting Muslim women in a group chat
These new hardware partners include HTC, Lava, Xolo, Intex, Asus, Alcatel Onetouch, Lenovo, and Panasonic. While Android One’s current crop of smartphones are powered by MediaTek processors, the company also announced its partnership with Qualcomm for the initiative. These partners will help develop more Android One smartphones, priced above and below the Rs 6,000 mark. The company also announced that it would launch Android One in a few more markets including Indonesia and Philippines towards the end of this year. Also Read - Google Play Games arrives on Windows PCs: Check PC requirements, games list
As a part of the Android One initiative, Google provides hardware reference designs and software to its partners to build affordable Android smartphones. Micromax, Karbonn and Spice today launched their first Android One smartphones called the Canvas A1, Sparkle V and the Dream UNO respectively. The three smartphones feature similar specifications including 4.5-inch FWVGA display, MediaTek quad-core SoC, 1GB RAM, 5-megapixel/2-megapixel cameras, dual-SIM card slots, and expandable memory. On the software front, the smartphones run on Android KitKat, and Google has also promised Android L update when it is released.
The Dream UNO is priced at Rs 6,299, Sparkle V at Rs 6,399, and the Canvas A1 at Rs 6,499, and are exclusively available on e-commerce sites like Amazon India, Snapdeal and Flipkart. Google also announced that it had tied up with Airtel to offer special data plans to buyers.