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First Android One smartphones could be released starting next week, Android L updates to come in October

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First Android One smartphones could be released starting next week, Android L updates to come in October
Google is rather quiet when it comes to Android One - the initiative that the Mountain View giant announced back in June. Even so, Android One handsets are expected to be available this September in India, and The Economic Times has it that the very first one among them could be launched next week.

Reportedly, the Android One handset that might be available to buy in India next week features dual SIM capabilities, a 5 MP rear camera, and a 1700 mAh battery. Other features could include 1 GB of RAM, a quad-core processor, expandable internal memory, a screen of at least 4 inches, and Android 4.4 KitKat. Indian manufacturers Micromax, Karbonn and Spice are all set to start offering Android One devices, though it’s not clear which company will do it first. In any case, The Economic Times notes that their Android One handsets will cost between 7,000 and 10,000 INR ($115 - $165), while offering a user experience that’s usually found on mid- to high-end products.

Interestingly, it’s said that Android One smartphones will be updated to Android L in October - which means that regular Android devices should receive updates to the brand new version of Android at about the same time.

According to a previous report, Google plans to spend millions of dollars to promote Android One handsets in India. We guess that we’ll see soon if that’s true or not.

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posted on 25 Aug 2014, 21:24 1

1. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

Anyone in India know the back story of how these Android One devices are going to be made/priced more cheaply than existing models?

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 00:35

5. neela_akaash (Posts: 1229; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)

Direct update from Google is enough to make it one of the top selling handsets...

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 01:18 1

7. nokia12 (Posts: 582; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)

the specs are nothing spectacular .. micromax and karbonn are already providing same /better specs for 120-150 $.. plus we have xiaomi redmi 1s and asus zenfone 4 , moto e as well for 118 $

the only reason people would go for android one will be because of updates..

which moto E has been doing pretty well till now.. they told it would be priced 100 $ and lower so they need to stick to that anything even 10-20 $ above that there is no shortage of options now

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 04:00 1

10. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

The specs are important for geeks, but the vast majority of users values the user experience instead. Those phones are designed by Google, this means that they'll have the specs that matter and a smooth stock android firmware for the best user experience in that price range.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 05:55 1

11. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

xiaomi is already launched in india so I dont think ppl have to worry about prices and specs anymore

posted on 27 Aug 2014, 05:57

13. zacsaturday (Posts: 242; Member since: 09 May 2014)

The devices are kinda nexus devices exclusive to india.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 22:34 2

2. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 418; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)

Android one is a very good initiative started by Google as most of the devices in this price range don't get updates & also it will help android to gain more market share in this section.Only thing is the price should start from below $100(5000 INR).

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 23:11 2

3. DogeShibe (Posts: 1116; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)

Direct updates from Google is the best thing here...also decent specs,smooth Android experience at cheap price...lets see how this works out.

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 23:48 1

4. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

Kudos Google!

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 00:41 1

6. D.Lamore (Posts: 198; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)

Very good initiative

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 01:50 1

8. CreeDiddy (Posts: 957; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

Applaud Google for putting manufacturers in a tough position to generate sizable revenue and profit. Seems to be a spin to create market share, but have users tied into Google ads Services. This model doesn't lend towards profitable business thus Apple still wants to have control over the high end market. As a business if I sold 1 million iPhones but generate the same profit as opposed to 100 million units sold at $118 a peice you have your answer. Yes more users on the internet, but the net effect does no good if a person simply can't afford to pay for additional sevices.

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 05:57 1

12. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

good point

posted on 26 Aug 2014, 03:08 1

9. Adithya7184 (Posts: 319; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)

while Redmi 1S is available at $99, they have a tough competition.

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