After pilot launching the Android One initiative in India, Google has decided to take the endeavour to other emerging markets. The tech giant, on its blog announced that it is expanding its reach, and launching the initiative in Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Also Read - Google Play Store announces blanket ban on Sugar Daddy apps over sexual contentAlso Read - Google, Facebook make vaccination mandatory for employees returning to office
“Now we re taking another step toward reaching the next five billion people: in the coming weeks, the Android One devices will start to go on sale in India s neighbouring countries of Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka,” Caesar Sengupta, VP, Product Management, Google announced. Also Read - Fake Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) Lite APK links going viral on the internet: How to spot them
The Android One initiative kicked-off in India in September, where Google announced its partnership with Micromax, Karbonn and Spice and released three Android One smartphones in the country. They also announced that they will rope in more local players in the future.
Last week, Spice revealed another Android One smartphone, the Dream Uno H just for Hindi-speaking users. Karbonn CEO Shashin Devsare also told us that Karbonn will release its next Android One smartphone in the first quarter of 2015. Additionally, it was also reported that all the Android One smartphones will receive a Lollipop update sometime this month.
Google has partnered with a wide range of manufacturers and network partners such as Bangalink to sell these Android One smartphones in the above mentioned countries. In addition to Micromax, Karbonn and Spice, Bangladesh s own Symphony will launch their first Android One phone with the Symphony Roar A50. The exact timeline for the launch in these countries is not mentioned, but Google says, that ‘in the coming weeks’ the Android One smartphones will start to go on sale in these countries.