In June of 2014, Google officially introduced Android One, an initiative to make sure that stock Android is on a lot more devices across the globe on affordable devices. Now, several months later, the initiative has launched in India with support from several manufacturers, and more coming down the line.
Google made the unveiling official on their official Android blog, announcing that manufacturers like Karbonn, Spice and Micromax will be the first out of the gate with support for Android One. With the announcement, three new Android-based devices will see the light of day in India: the Karbonn Spice V, Micromax’s Canvas One and Spice’s Dream Uno. Each device features similar specifications:
- 4.5-inch display, with a 854 x 480 resolution
- Mediatek processor, clocked at 1.3GHz
- 5MP camera on back; 2-megapixel front-facing camera
- 1GB of RAM
- 4GB of built-in storage; microSD card slot
- Dual-SIM support
- FM radio
- 1700mAh battery
- Android 4.4.4 KitKat
Google also reiterated that these Android One devices will be some of the first to get Android updates down the road, including Android L when it launches later this year. As far as pricing goes, The Spice Dream Uno will cost Rs. 6,299 ($103 USD), the Karbonn Spice V will run Rs. 6,399 ($104 USD), and Micromax’s Canvas One will cost Rs. 6,499 ($106 USD).
By the end of 2014, Google plans on having Android One launched in several new areas, including the Philippines, Indonesia and several regions in South Asia. That goal will continue to expand throughout 2015 as well. Other manufacturers have also announced their support for Android One, including Acer, HTC, ASUS, Lenovo, Panasonic, and several others.
Qualcomm will also be adding their own support.