Monday, September 15, 2014

Google's $100 Android smartphone concept is official , 3 new Android one smartphones launched

Android One is Google's latest project to bring affordable Android smartphones for the next 5 Billion consumers .The Android one project , first demoed at Google IO this year was thought up to be a off the shelf design platform , where manufacturers can take ready made hardware designs and re-brand them to their liking .This project was mainly focused at large emerging markets such as India where branded smartphones with software updates is still a luxury for many people . Today, Google made the project official by launching 3 new Android wear devices from three Indian OEM's , the phones are Micromax Canvas A1, Spice Dream UNO and Karbonn Sparkle V

The phones are basically the same , all models come with Android 4.4.4 out of the box and Google guarantees that these phones will be getting updates for 2 years . The phones will also be one of the first phones to get Android L  other than the Nexus line . All 3 models have a Quad-Core Cortex A7 processor ,1GB Ram , 4GB onboard storage (with a Expansion slot) ,5mp and 2 mp cameras respectly . the phones are priced at $103(INR 6299) for the Spice Dream Uno , $105(INR 6399) for the Karbonn Sparkle V and $106(INR 6499) for the Micromax Canvas A1 .

Android wear at first might look like a budget oriented affair , but major players like HTC , Asus , Lenovo ,Panasonic and Alcatel  has joined the Android One Club so you can expect some great products from them in the future (see specs below)

Android One Specifications for Spice Dream Uno m Karbonn Sparkle V and Micromax Canvas A1

Display - 4.5" 854x480 IPS display

OS - Android 4.4.4 Kitkat , Planned update to Android L + 2 year update cycle

Design - smartphone , removable back cover

Connectivity - Micro sim , Quad band GSM Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi hotspot , Bluetooth 4.0 GPS + Glonass

Processor - 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 Cortex-A7

GPU - Mali400 MP2(dual core)

Ram - 1GB

Storage - 4GB + MicroSD expansion slot upto 32GB

Camera(s) - 5 MP with 1080p recording LED Flash
2 mp front facing camera ,720p

Battery - 1700 mAh removable

Other - Free MicroSD card (offered at some stores) , Free Google NewsStand magazine subscription for 12 months , New Youtube App - ability to download youtube videos and view offline , Airtel India offers 200MB worth of apps free every month (data rates wont apply to carrier charges) 

Price - $103(INR 6299) for the Spice Dream Uno , $105(INR 6399) for the Karbonn Sparkle V and $106(INR 6499) for the Micromax Canvas A1 .

Availability - India (first) , Surrounding regions - Sri Lanka , Nepal etc the end of the year , other countries in 2015 .

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - GSMArena

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