Google unveils the first family of Android One smart phones Micromax Canvas A1, Karbonn Sparkle V and Spice Dream Uno. These phones will be available from their respective online partners on Monday 15th September from 3.30 pm IST. Karbonn will be available at Snap deal, Micromax at Amazon and Spice at Flipkart. Karbonn Sparkle V is priced at Rs.6,399, Spice Dream Uno at Rs.6299 and Micromax Canvas A1 at Rs.6,499. These phones are expected to hit physical retail stores during early October.
All the three shares similar Hardware traits such as 1.3Ghz Quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU, Mali 400 MP2 GPU and 1GB RAM. These phones use latest version of Android OS v4.4.4 and will be updated automatically up to 2 years from the launch date. The features are installed with specific importance to Indian preferences. Dual sim card slots, FM Radio tuner, micro SD card slot, 4 GB in built storage,5 MP rear camera with 2 MP front camera, Wi -Fi, Bluetooth and 3G are the major wow factors in these phones. Also, these are the first phones to get Android L release and update which ensures “new material design, improved battery life, enhanced security features and smarter notifications”
Service providers like Airtel have already come up with plans for Android One users. Google has also announced the release of YouTube App with offline video playback on Android One phones. The next set of partners for Android One handsets were also announced at the launch which included Acer, Alcatel, ASUS, HTC, Intex, Lava, Lenovo, Panasonic and Xolo. Qualcomm, the chip-set manufacturer is also a part of the Android One program now, which could mean the introduction of Qualcomm processors in future Android One sets. Google is now providing the necessary hardware reference boards and software support to its partners in Android One program.
The visionary statement of Android One delivered by Mr Sunder Picchai, Google Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome & Apps, at the launch is as follows:
"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."
Android One project is being defined as “a larger initiative to bring high quality smart phones to as many people as possible”. The competition in smart phone arena is already up along with the arrival of these three smarties.
Android One smart phones Micromax Canvas A1, Karbonn Sparkle V and Spice Dream UNO unveiled
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