Google has revealed the world’s first smartphones to run on its Android One platform, a new standard created by Google to allow the production of more affordable smartphones for the developing world. Smartphones have taken the world by storm over the last decade, but the plan for Android One is to capture the next billion consumers that are yet to transition to the latest tech.
The initial Android One mobiles will be debuting in India first, with Karbonn, Spice, and Micromax all unveiling phones with 4.5” screens, 1GB RAM, 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek processors, 5-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front-facing cameras, along with dual-SIM slots, support for microSD and cards, FM radios, and of course Android Kit Kat.
Android One phones will ship with more languages supported than previous Android smartphones, as well as featuring support for region-specific publications and localised apps in the Google Play store. Interestingly Google is also incorporating a new version of Youtube with built-in support for downloading videos, meaning users can watch them multiple times with using any further mobile bandwidth data.
The trio of phones coming from Micromax, Karbonn, and Spice are expected to retail for 6399 rupees, which is just shy of $105. There are currently a range of cheap smartphones available in India but OS updates are infrequent and sometimes not supported at all; with Android One cellphones Google will be managing the software updates itself, ensuring all of the phones are up to date. All three of the new Android One phones are expected to go on sale later today in India.