Google Introduces Android One Program To Bring More Affordable Smartphones
Today at Google I/O event, Google has announced a new initiative Android One to help companies designing affordable smartphones. Google announced that “Android One” is a new type of phone similar to Nexus devices. Google promised to push automatic updates to all these smartphones regularly.
With Android One, OEMs can build better affordable smartphones using “Stock Android.” Google has also partnered with 3 Indian smartphone makers: Micromax, Karbonn and Spice.
Chrome and Android Chief, Sundar Pichai also showcased a $100 smartphone in the event. This smartphone supports dual sim, 4.5 inch display, and many other features. This smartphone was manufactured by Micromax.
In past one year, Google has taken interest in low cost smartphones only. Nexus 5, best Android smartphone in Nexus series only costs around Rs. 30,000 only. With Moto G and Moto E, Google has shaken the affordable segment of Indian market. It also forced many other rivals to cut the price and bring better smartphones in low price.
Google will also be partnering network operators in India. But company didn’t reveal the names of its network partners.