Google has launched their budget smartphone lineup called the Android One, in India. Google had announced that they will partner with Micromax, Spice, and Karbonn to develop these low end devices in the Google I/O 2014. The first devices under the Android One banner, are the Micromax Canvas A1, Spice Dream Uno, and the Karbonn Sparkle V. Many more manufacturers are set to join these three OEM’s for producing devices for Android One.
All these three devices are priced at under ₹7000, the Spice Dream Uno being the cheapest at ₹6299, followed by the Karbonn Sparkle V, at ₹6399 and the Canvas A1 being the most expensive at ₹6499. All three devices are identical in terms of specs, 1.3Ghz quad-core Cortex A7 CPU, 1GB RAM, 4.5″ IPS display with 854×480 resolution, 1700mAh battery which is replaceable, 4GB internal storage with a microSD card slot, 5MP primary camera, and a 2MP secondary camera. These three phones comes with the stock Android Kitkat 4.4.4 out of the box.
Google has partnered with Airtel in India, and they will provide free android updates for all Airtel users who use these handsets, for the first six months. They will also be able to download 200MB worth of apps from the Play Store, without being charged for data use. Google also provides the owners of the Android One devices, one year free subscription to the content on Play NewsStand. In addition to all this, the Android one comes with a first, allowing users to download and watch Youtube videos offline.
The Micromax Canvas V1 will be available exclusively through Amazon, the Spice Dream Uno through Flipkart, and the Karbonn Sparkle V through Snapdeal. We can expect more phones to be released in the coming years under the Android One banner.5