Android One Phones Ushers in a New Paradigm of Communicationby Abhishek P September 18, 2014 0 comments
Google has recently come out with the Android One phones for the budget-conscious consumers. Costing less than Rs. 10,000, these phones are all set to create a wave in the mobile market. India is among the first countries in the world where these devices are going to be made available.
“We have a billion users, but our goal is to reach the next five billion people in the world”, says Sundar Pichai, SVP, Android, Google. He adds that mobile phones have a great impact on the lives of the Indian people. Sadly, only less than ten percent of Indians have access to smartphones. With a goal of changing this, Google has ushered in Android One Phones.
The Range of Android One Phones
The Android One phones to touch the Indian market are Spice Dream Uno, Karbonn Sparkle 5, Micromax Canvas A1—all of these are reasonably priced between Rs. 6,000 and Rs. 6,500. In terms of specifications, all the aforementioned phones will have a 4.5-inch display, dual-SIM support, and they will run on the stock versions of Android 4.4 KitKat.
Android One Phones—Key Advantage
The hardware specifications include a one GB RAM, quad core processor and 4 GB internal storage. These specifications are factored in after extensive research in the smartphone market. There are many cheap Android phones available for less than Rs. 6,000 in the market, but they can’t match the specifications of these Android One phones. All Android One phones will receive operating system updates directly from Google, which is seen as a good move by Android fans.
Overview of Features
Each Android One phone has the following features:
- 5” FWVGA display
- 1GB RAM
- Cortex A7 1.3 GHz Quad-Core processor
- 4GB storage (expandable up to 32GB)
- Front and rear facing cameras (2MP and 5MP)
- 1700mAh lithium-ion battery
- 2x micro SIM
- Android 4.4, KitKat
Availability of Android One Phones
Each brand of phone has ventured into exclusive tie-up with reputed e-commerce merchants for selling their handsets. Look out for Spice Dream Uno is currently available on Flipkart.com; Karbonn will sell its Android On phones on Snapdeal.com; and Micromax Canvas A1 can be bought exclusively from Amazon India.
It really does not matter which brand of Android One phone you choose—you will get a faster, smoother, and more responsive experience. Before opting for an Android One phone, you will have to check out the terms and conditions that are mentioned on the Android Official Website.
With the launch of Android One phones, many experts feel that this is Google’s attempt to capture the lower segment of the smartphone market. The advent of Android One is just the beginning of the massive expansion plans that Google has for the Indian market. Will Google’s Android One phones be able to stand out and ahead of the competition? Will these phones rattle market distribution in the Indian market? This is something that only time can tell.