Android One, the much awaited program where working along with manufacturers Google will deliver Android smart phones at low cost was till now expected for this October launch. But however, now reports indicate that early as in September the first yield of these Android One platform smartphones can be witnessed in India as it would be the first country to gets these handsets.
To brief more on what Android One program is all about, manufacturers of the handsets will get dictated by Google on certain hardware guidelines which they are supposed to abide by. The result product featuring the Android’s latest version will also get updates simultaneously on their launch.
Google at this year’s I/O announced that these handsets with Android One program will feature dual-SIM support with 4.5” screen, FM radio, microSD card, Android stock version with automatic updates. Google last year praised the working of Android 4.4 KitKat that works well on low end devices so with this it gets clear that these handsets too get this fit.
According to the grapevine, these handsets are ready for their release but it’s just that due to certain issues their official release is getting held on. Leading among the issues is the hearsay that current unhappiness of OEMs pertaining to Google’s firmness on keeping the prices down.
At the I/O, Google announced that the Indian market will have its Android One products priced at $100. Now it is that Google’s manufacturing partners like Spice, Karbonn and Micromax are finding it supposedly difficult to match to that value. India Today on this reports that it might turn out to be the first handsets on Android One might retail in India at a cost of $150 i.e. about Rs 10000.
If this turns out to be true than for not keeping its promise Google has to for sure face a lot of condemnation. Besides all these, the current Indian Smartphone market has large number of handsets which at lower prices offer marvelous features. To name a few is the Moto E which is available at Rs 6,999, then the Asus ZenFone 4 that comes with amazing features and stylish look offered at Rs 5999. Adding to this is the Lava Iris X1 pricing Rs 7999, Micromax Unite 2 that cost Rs 6889 and many more.
So with all these competitions, will Google’s Android One programmed devices that might get a supposedly higher price tag than what was promised by Google, survive well in the Indian Smartphone market? Suggestions and views can be shared via our comments column.
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