At the ongoing Google I/O, Sundar Pichai announced a new program called Android One. This is essentially a hardware and software reference program to help OEMs build affordable smartphones. The program will kick off in India where Google has partnered Micromax, Karbonn and Spice.
One of the first smartphones will be launched by Micromax, which will feature a 4.5-inch display, dual-SIM card slot, microSD card slot, FM Radio and it will be priced under $100. On the software front, the smartphone will run on stock Android UI, and the manufacturer will be able to preload some locally relevant apps.
Google will also be partnering network operators in India to offer affordable plans. The company however didn’t reveal the names of its partner operators.