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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