The first batch of super affordable yet very capable Android One smartphones were finally unveiled today in India starting off with the introduction of the Spice Dream Uno, the Karbonn Sparkle V and lastly the Micromax Canvas A1.
First announced during the Google I/O event held last June, these new breed of Android One devices aims to bring the superb Android smartphone experience to the masses at a very cheap cost anyone can truly afford.
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The Android One program
To give you a quick background, the Android One program is an initiative made by Google which aims to bring “high quality and affordable smartphones” to the masses especially to all emerging market or countries like India, Indonesia, and the Philippines where only less than 10% of the population are smartphone owners.
Among the advantages of Android One phones include 2-year automatic OS updates directly from Google so you get instant experience the latest Android without waiting for your phone manufacturer to release an over-the-air update (which usually takes months by the way).
Moreover, Google has made a standard set of hardware platform for phone manufacturers (OEMs) to follow to ensure high quality hardware performance. And the best of all, they will all be priced no more than $100 or less than Php 5,000 when converted to Philippine peso.
Below are the official specs of the Spice Dream Uno, Karbonn Sparkle V and Micromax Canvas A1 Android One smartphones which differs only in size and form factors:
- 4.5-inch IPS FWVGA display (854 x 480 screen resolution)
- 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT6582 Quad-core processor
- Mali 400 GPU
- 1 GB of RAM
- 4 GB Internal storage, expandable up to 32 GB via microSD
- 5 Megapixels rear-facing camera w/LED flash
- 2 Megapixels front-facing camera
- 3G / Dual-SIM
- Wi-Fi / Bluetooth / GPS / FM Radio
- 1,700 mAh Li-Ion battery (removable)
- Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS
Android One in the Philippines
During the announcement, it was confirmed that the Philippines will also be among the list of countries to experience Google’s Android One program before the year-end. They will be releasing a new batch of smartphones built by local partners like Acer, Lenovo, Alcatel, Asus, etc. and possibly partnering with leading local telco networks (like Globe and Smart) for postpaid packages, although no definite date was set yet.
To know more about Android One, you may visit their official website here.