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

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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13 Comments

1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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?

5. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

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

7. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 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

10. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

11. Ashoaib

Posts: 3260; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

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

13. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

The devices are kinda nexus devices exclusive to india.

2. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 545; Member since: Feb 23, 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).

3. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 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.

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Kudos Google!

6. D.Lamore

Posts: 198; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Very good initiative

8. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2118; Member since: Nov 04, 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.

12. Ashoaib

Posts: 3260; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

good point

9. Adithya7184

Posts: 322; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

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

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