Today, Android One is expanding even further. Google is bringing its affordable smartphone program to six different African countries with the launch of the Infinix HOT 2. The Hot 2 features a 5-inch quad-core MediaTek processor, 1/2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 2200mAh battery, dual-SIM support and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. All of those features can come in a body with color options of black, white, red, blue and gold.
The Infinix Hot 2 will be available in Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Egypt and Morocco, with availability in Nigeria beginning today through retail stores as well as online through Jumia. Pricing is set at N17,500 or about $88 USD. Other countries will gain availability within the coming weeks.
Google has also announced some software changes. The biggest one is that a new streamlined version of Google Search is rolling out around the globe that increases faster performance, particularly on phones with low RAM. It also has the ability to reduce the amount of data used on the results page by up to 90 percent, saving you some megabytes. In addition, YouTube offline access will expand through Android One to Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Egypt within the next few months, allowing users to pre-download videos in order to use less data.
It’s good to see Android One continuing to expand, particularly after it hit a rough patch a little while ago. And with the added software changes from Google, things just keep looking up for the program.