Fulfilling its I/O 2014 promise, Google, yesterday, unveiled the first three Android One handsets – the Karbonn Sparkle V, Micromax Canvas A1, and Spice Dream Uno – all priced sub-₹7,000.
All the three manufactures have adhered to the minimum specification requirements set by Google. The phones have a 4.5-inch display (845 x 480 pixels), dual SIM support and run a stock version of Android 4.4. Hardware specifications include a quad-core Mediatek processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB storage, microSD card for expansion (up to 32GB supported) and dual cameras. This specification set ensures a fluid experience for the user, as opposed to many cheaper Android phones that are already.
The Karbonn Sparkle V will be available in Magnum Blue, Mild Grey, Wild Red and Pearl White colour variants exclusively via Snapdeal at ₹ 6,399.
The Spice Dream Uno will be available in Black and White colour variants exclusively via at Flipkart at Rs. 6,299.
The Micromax Canvas A1 will be available in Black and White colour variants exclusively via Amazon, priced at Rs. 6,499.
All these devices also “features particularly important to Indians” – dual SIM card slots, a FM radio tuner, and a microSD card slot for additional storage. Google apps such as Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, Google Search, and Google Translate will come pre-loaded on the phones.
Google has also partnered with Airtel users will get free OTA Android software updates over 3G as well as 200MB worth of apps per month for six months at no cost.
The search giant also announced that in the coming weeks the YouTube app will get offline video playback in India, allowing users to store videos via Wi-Fi on their Android device, and watch them later without data connectivity.
Sundar Pichai, Google Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome & Apps, announced at the event 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 program will be expanded to Indonesia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, and additional countries in South Asia by the end of the year.