At the recently held Google’s I/O Developers Conference in June 2014, Google had announced a new Android product line – Android One. These smartphones would be targeted at the affordable and low-income emerging markets. These markets have the price points as a major deciding factor when considering the purchase of smartphones.
We now have news that Google is going to launch its first Android One based smartphone in September 2014 in India. The only down-point is that these devices would be a little bit more expensive than the original $100 price point that Google had planned and announced at I/O.
Rumors circulating have the prices of the first Android One smartphones to be in the range of Rs. 7,000/- and Rs. 10,000/-. This price range is more than the announced Rs. 6,000/- price point. This is what Google had originally announced at its Google I/O Developers Conference. Rumor is that this has been done because Google wanted to put in more apps and features in these devices.
One person who is directly involved said that the prices are above the originally announced sub-$100 price point as Google is intending to offer more better apps and features. As for the manufacturers, Micromax, Karbonn, and Spice are the ones joining Google for their first Android One smartphones.
Rumor is that one device that would be launching next month would feature dual SIM slots, SD card slot, removable back panel, and a 1700 mAh battery. The first smartphones based on Android One would have screen sizes of 4.3-inches or 4.5-inches and a minimum of 1 GB RAM. The smartphones would be having Android 4.4.4 out-of-the-box, but they should be seeing the Android L within the year.
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