First Android One devices coming in India not in October, but this September

First Android One devices coming in India not in October, but this September
Apart from teasing us with the next installment of Android, Google also expressed its desire to expand to the “next 5 billion users” by employing the Android One project, which also got revealed at Google I/O 2014. The purpose of the Android One initiative is to aid certain smartphone manufacturers in creating affordable, entry-level Android devices that provide users with the full Google experience. However, some sources claim that the manufacturers will be able to preload some of their own apps on the Android One handsets.

Said devices will run almost stock Android and among the first makers that expressed their desire to participate in Android One were some of India's largest manufacturers: Micromax, Karbonn, and Spice. We can safely say that Android One devices will be pretty similar to existing Nexus devices in terms of overall experience, but will come with a significantly cheaper price tag – Google desires it to be around $100. Mountain View is most probably collaborating with MediaTek on the Android One initiative in order to bring the price down.

Initially, the first Android One devices were to launch in India this October, but it seems that their debut has been advanced a little bit and they'll arrive sometime this September. However, there exist certain speculations that the participating local manufacturers are not quite satisfied with Google constantly pushing them to lower the price of the phones even further and some of the first Android One smartphones might be toting a price tag of $150 or higher, as the final retail pricing has not yet been approved.

So, the first crop of what seems to be the entry-level version of the rumored Android Silver program is probably due out this September. Any thoughts?

source: India Today

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27 Comments

1. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

P3NIS!

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Sriusly, WTF?

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If they can deliver a quick enough device that can run almost everything on the play store, with a reasonable price. Then I am down with that, and I think the majority of the world would be as well.

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Sriusly, WTF?

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Sriusly, WTF?

10. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Restraint certainly isn't your strong point.

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Well, it seems like manufacturers are using the word "One" on One of their naming scheme these days. Xbox One PS One HTC One OnePlus One Android One One Man One Banana Ole Ola We Are One Gotta love the One. :P

6. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

you forgot the iPh(one) :D

9. register unregistered

Windows Ph(one).

11. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

And Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One

13. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Sylvester Stall(one)

18. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Don Corle(one) O_o

26. nightfury

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

THE ONE jet lee

7. aditya_sarin

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

India

8. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Japan

14. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

North Korea

16. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Murica

17. dushyant

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

wtf is murica??

23. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

had to log in, just so i could thumbs up this comment!

25. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

Tropical island.

12. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Doesn't look like they'll be all that competitive even at 100$, compared to Moto E or Xiaomi Redmi 1S. Doesn't really matter for India anyway ,their prices are getting better and better and in units sold the market will be bigger than the US in 2016 ( with a lot of growth left) so competition and volume will drive prices down.

20. Fynjy777

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

It really doesn't matter. The main purpose of Google is increasing the number of Android devices and pushing out WindowsPhone and Apple in perspective. And Google is getting really right direction in this.

19. Mik3_knowseverything

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

Trust me....Now micromax will start showing it as the first Android ONE phone. And trust me people here will think it as a new Adroid version :\

21. Phantom1031

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

This program is not for premium products, its my opinion. Target is the second most populous country in the world and keeping in view their income, surely a good idea. But as I said not premium products, they will use mediocre and cheap Mediatek chips and low quality cameras. Not interested that much

22. warlok

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

So for Android One project the updates wiil come directly from Google i guess... This part in the article makes a littile confusion on this regard: "However, some sources claim that the manufacturers will be able to preload some of their own apps on the Android One handsets" So it will be OEM or Google ?

24. chengsae

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 10, 2013

i think the people in papua nugini needs these set first :O

27. nightfury

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

B00Bs

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