Google has launched the first set of Android One phones in India, to target the lower end of the pyramid with budget price 3g enabled handsets.
The Android One smartphone Micromax A1 has started getting the Android Lollipop update 5.1. Google has skipped the Android version 5.0 and started rolling out the version 5.1 directly to the micromax A1 smartphone. The update is labelled LMY471, comes in over the air at 409.8MB and brings with it all of the stock Lollipop features.
All three smartphones are priced about Rs. 6000-6500 as was earlier announced by Sundar Pichai in google I/O that the smartphones will be close to 100$. The Karbonn Sparkle V (already listed on Snapdeal) for 6,399will be available in Magnum Blue, Mild Grey, Wild Red and Pearl White colour variants exclusively via Snapdeal, the Micromax Canvas A1 for 6,499 will be available in Black and White colour variants exclusively via Amazon, The Spice Dream Uno will be available in Black and White colour variants exclusively via at Flipkart @ 6,299.
The Karbonn Sparkle V Price Rs. 6399
Spice Android one Dream Uno Price @ 6299
Micromax Canvas A1 Price Rs.6499
This is a great strategy by google to make sure that all three of the biggest retailers take care of the distribution of Android L devices. The product differentiation ends at Android L , the hardware specs are identical in all the three handsets.
All 3 smartphones carry similar specs which are preferred by the Indian Subscribers: dual SIM card, FM radio, micro SD upto 32 Gb.
Preloaded Apps Include – Google apps such as Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, Google Search, and Google Translate.
Google says the phone will be free from any bloatware and is expected to Run smoothly with the Android L update these phones will be loaded with Kitkat version 4.4.4 initially. These phones will be the first to receive the Android One release, and update that Google says will offer the new “material design, improved battery life, enhanced security features, and smarter notifications.”
Common Specifications for the Micromax Canvas A1, Karbonn Sparkle V, and Spice Dream Uno are:
- Display – 4.5-inch (480×854 pixels) IPS FWVGA display
- Processor – 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor;
- Ram – 1GB of RAM,
- Storage- 4GB of inbuilt storage expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB)
- Primary Camera- 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash;
- Front Camera – 2-megapixel front camera
- Connectivity – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, and
- Battery Size -1700mAh battery
Some Android One offers and Features are as follows:
It doesn’t matter as far as the hardware and Software is concerned all three devices are the same. You can choose the brand you prefer and you cannot be wrong in your choice in any case. Micromax has been the leading manufacturer of smartphones and have considerably bigger distribution and service network it may come handy for after sales service of the device.
It is cherry on the cake for smartphone buyers in the already hyper competitive Indian market with MOTO E available for less than 6,999 and Xiaomi Redmi S for Rs. 6000 which are both extreme value for money handsets. Definitely the new Android one devices add more choice for buyer and a promise by Google to make these devices smooth working & OS support for next upgrades.
Sundar Pichai, Google Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome & Apps, said, “If we look at how people are getting online and accessing information today, increasingly it’s through a smartphone. While 1.75 billion people around the world already have a smartphone, the vast majority of the world’s population – over five billion more – do not. By working closely with phone and silicon chip makers to share reference designs and select components, we’re making it easier for our partners to build phones that are not just great to use, but also affordable. With Android One, we not only want to help people get online, we want to make sure that when they get there, they can tap into the wealth of information and knowledge the web holds for everyone.”
Pichai also announced an expanded set of hardware partners for the Android One initiative, including Acer, Alcatel Onetouch, Asus, HTC, Intex, Lava, Lenovo, Panasonic, and Xolo, as well as chipmaker Qualcomm. The company also announced that Android One phones will launch in Indonesia, the Philippines, and additional countries in South Asia by the end of the year.
Here is a review of android L which is also expected to release in the next 1-2 months on the Nexus devices.