Google hasn t given up on its Android One project as yet. Even though the project failed to take off in India, Google s Android One has made a sort of comeback at the ongoing MWC expo. A Turkish manufacturer General Mobile has showcased a new smartphone, GM6 , based on Android One platform. In line with Google s vision, the GM6 runs Android Nougat OS out-of-the-box and comes with features like fingerprint scanner. Also Read - Google Play store's new privacy section will reveal data apps collect from users, how they use themAlso Read - Google Pixel 4a Flipkart discount drops price lower than OnePlus Nord: Should you buy it?
While the price and availability of the device are still a secret, the smartphone is unlikely to come to the Indian market, as General Mobiles only sells its smartphones in 20 markets including Azerbaijan, Albania, Afghanistan, Belgium, Bosnia, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Iraq, Kenya, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Pakistan, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. Also Read - Google commits Rs 135 cr to help India fight COVID-19, shows vaccine details in 8 Indian languages
GM6 Android One specifications and features
Compared to the popular budget Android smartphones in India, the GM6 Android One smartphone doesn t really outshine in terms of specifications. The smartphone features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display with a pixel density of 294ppi and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. Running the new Android 7.0 Nougat, under the hood, the GM6 is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6737T chipset, clocked at 1.5GHz, and paired with 3GB of RAM. On the on-board storage end, the smartphone comes with 32GB of ROM, which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.
For photography, the GM6 sports a 13-megapixel rear autofocus camera with dual-LED flash, and on the front, it comes with an 8-megapixel camera with selfie flash. Under the home button, which sits on the front panel of the device, sits a fingerprint sensor. General Mobile claims that the fingerprint sensor can detect fingerprints within 0.2 seconds.
For connectivity, the General Mobile GM6 includes features like 4G LTE + 4.5G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, and a Micro-USB port. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor. It also includes a fingerprint sensor on the home button, and the company says it.
Return of Android One?
Even though Android One in almost extinct from the smartphone market, there have been sporadic updates on the future of the project. Back in May 2016, Mike Hayes, director of business development for Android and Chrome partnerships, had said that the company will be launching more Android One smartphones in the future. ALSO READ: Google to launch new Android One smartphones in India
Android One has become a part of the broader hardware strategy, under which Motorola s Rick Osterloh has joined Google recently. Google is taking a broader view of its hardware business. So, you should expect to see a position around what we are doing on low-end devices all the way through, Hayes had said.
Last Android One smartphone to launch in India was the Lava Pixel V1. Launched in 2015, the smartphone, like other Android One devices, failed to leave any impact on the market. One of the factors behind Android One s debacle was the pricing strategy even though it aimed to redefine the affordable smartphone segment. Google, however, seems to have finally figured what potentially could be more apt price point for the Indian market. RELATED: Android One review: Impressive but not ground breaking
We are working on making $100 (approximately Rs 6,800) smartphones, $50 (approximately Rs 3,400)smartphones but I think right price point for India is around , you know is $30 (Rs 2,000) price point, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said during his recent India visit.
While the GM6 isn t the ideal comeback smartphone for Android One, there are rumors that the project could launch in the US. The relaunch will rather focus on addressing the Android fragmentation issue. Already, Google has made efforts with Pixel line by bringing seamless Android experience in a premium device. Unlike the Nexus program, Pixel phone is completely designed by the company, hence touted as the first Google phone. Google could possibly make similar attempt with the Android One relaunch. ALSO READ: Google s new plans for Android One includes launching a sub-Rs 4,000 smartphone in India
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