Google introduces a trio of low-priced Android One phones in New Delhi

Google introduces a trio of low-priced Android One phones in New Delhi
Google has introduced the first three models created under its Android One program. In New Delhi, the Karbonn Sparkle V, Spice Android One Dream UNO Mi-498, and the Micromax Canvas A1 were all introduced. The latter handset is the most expensive of the trio at $106 USD. Karbonn's model is priced at $104 USD while Spice's phone is $103 USD.

Google's plan is to help local manufacturers build low cost Android phones in emerging markets. The Micromax handset is now available from Amazon, Spice's device is available from Indian online retailer Flipkart, and Karbonn's offering can be purchased from from Snapdeal. There is some tough competition at the low end in India, where Mozilla has started selling a $40 phone powered by Firefox OS. With only 10% of the Indian population of 900 million using a smartphone, there is plenty of opportunity.


All three initial models share the same specs. We're talking about a 4.5 inch screen with a resolution of 480 x 854. While the processor hasn't been announced, the buzz is that a quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek is being employed on all three models. 1GB of RAM is on board, and we've already told you about the 4GB of native storage (2.3GB available to users) and its connection to the camera on the handsets. Speaking of which, the rear-facing camera is 5MP on the three phones, with a 2MP camera adorning the front of each unit. Each phone comes with a 1700mAh battery, and has Android 4.4.4 pre-installed. The Spice and Karbonn models each come with an 8GB microSD card. All three phones offer Wi-Fi , 3G and Bluetooth connectivity, and support dual SIM cards.

The phone promise quick updates to Android's OS, and other manufacturers such as Lenovo, HTC and Panasonic are said to be working on their own Android One handsets. Google has said that it will dig deep into its pockets to help promote the Android One initiative.


source: WSJ via BGR

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35 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Those bezels..... ;)

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Sparkle V looks the best of the three.

15. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

If it didn't come in red I'd say they all look the same. They all look the same

17. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

All three has same design!!

32. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

That's Google btw. They are incharge of the design from the start.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6031; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Kinda funny how a couple mm makes all the difference. :P

11. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Yeah. But things will get better with HTC and Lenovo like OEMs enters the team. I'm gonna wait for them.

24. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Yeah with HTC bezels will even better and bigger... Just a joke don't take it seriously....

23. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Moto e,redmi 1s and asus zenfone 4 are much better options...... I see no difference here because phones made by local manufacturers come with stock android with just their property apps as add on....updates will the only difference...but user experience will remain same....

27. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Better than an iPhone...

34. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

wow some people are just never get enough what do you expect more from a super cheap phone?

2. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

So now we've got 2 versions of android, 1 with LAG and 1 without LAG.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

There's always one of you in articles....

9. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Yeahh.. Lol. They think it's funny but for me it feels stupid and ignorant. I think their brain lags so they still didn't left those gingerbreed days.

18. shamashu9

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

So many years did android lags up to gingerbread? Today with huge specs still there is lags. Many hate kitkat in notes.

22. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Many????? More like ifans and wpfans...who will never get note...

25. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

I-SH**P "MEH MEH MEH MEH MEH HHHH"

16. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

But we still only have one troll version of you. Go back to your lagging market share WP articles please.

3. WendyFromCircus

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

I wonder how they stack up against Redmi 1s since they price the same

6. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1244; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Since it gets sold out in 2 seconds, they are not real threats, imho... Android One will reach retail stores in time... Further MIUI is too heavy and buggy... I have recently bought Redmi1S for my wife...

19. shamashu9

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Touchwiz had been laggy for 7 years.

29. Aplusk

Posts: 120; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

but stock android is better than miui. I too have redmi 1s.

33. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Meanwhile in another galaxy you mean??

7. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I wonder how long you'll manage to operate without begging attention.

10. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Yeahh but availability of those device is so pooor. Also many still don't trust buying online, They trust local retailers more.

12. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

The problem With Redmi 1S is the availability and the MIUI being a resource hog. But this Android One program helps these OEM's known for their fire and forget launch of Mobiles.

13. Mitulsingh25890

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

Spice's model earpeice haves the same design as the nexus 5 (y)

14. VoicelessV

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

And 10 news articles down, we can see the very same news. Is PhoneArena going to feed us the same 10 news in a cycle like a radio now?

21. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Just be glad it's not Apple or Samsung, otherwise they'd be feeding us the same news in every single article.

20. vladislavvaz

Posts: 12; Member since: May 19, 2014

i like the micromax phone from above.. the camera design is unique and looks good. *google the phone to see the camera design

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