Google's Android One expands to more countries (only in Asia for now)

Google's Android One expands to more countries (only in Asia for now)
At the moment, Android One may not be as successful in India as Google wants it to be. But this is just the beginning anyway, and, to push things forward, Google is now expanding the initiative to more Asian markets: Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

Starting the next few weeks, customers in these countries will be able to buy Android One smartphones made by Micromax, Karbonn, and Spice. Moreover, Symphony (a Bangladesh-based handset maker) will launch its own Android One phone, called Roar A50. Just like in India, the handsets will be sold for prices around $100, running stock Android, and having updates guaranteed by Google.

2015 will definitely bring more Android One devices, from more manufacturers. The official list of Android One hardware partners includes names like HTC, Lenovo, Asus, Acer, Alcatel, and Panasonic - none of which has announced Android One devices yet.

It’s not clear how far around the world Android One will spread next year. We’ve already seen an Android One handset being released in the UK, though it can’t be said that Google has officially launched the initiative there.

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6 Comments

1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Wow! Google is like the new Microsoft for phone. Only different is they don't have to pay an expensive per unit license fee.

2. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

neither does WP. nice try.

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Not referring to WP. Just referring to x86 desktop Windows. Company like Acer openly asking Microsoft to reduce their software licensing in the press. US$200 software license per unit is just too much to pay even for OEM in the 90'. Gone are the days of expensive computer thanks to competition.

4. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Still MS tries to bully customers by overpricing Windows for PC. Same thing they would have done by mobile too but they sadly can't since they know no one would buy them. MS is a very very opportunistic company. Thanks Android is there. And the day Android would come full fledged into PC I don't know how bad it would be for MS.

5. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

haha keep thinking that.

6. Kris22

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 24, 2014

Thats not going to happen because android is based on Linux, so its already a fully fledged PC OS.

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