No more crappy hardware, reluctant software updates, Google to show the correct way to build and support an Android smartphone. Google has officially started the Android One initiative in India with the launch of Android One devices from three main Indian mobile vendors Micromax, Karbonn and Spice. The perfect bang from Google during this Diwali!
Android One devices comes with the hardware recommended by Google and runs on the pure stock Android operating system with no bloatware. So one can make sure that the Android One smartphones they are buying are made of good quality chip and will have the pure Android experience. Another big plus point of buying this smartphones is the 2 year guaranteed Android update coming directly from Google, just like for the Nexus devices.
Other major announcements from the Android One launch event –
- Android One smartphones will get 2 year guaranteed update (Android L updated coming soon) directly from Google.
- Indian telecom operators won’t charge for the Android operating system over-the-air (OTA) updates.
- Android One will come bundled with Indian local language support. First on the list is Hindi, more languages to be added soon.
- Karbonn SPARKLE V smartphone will be available exclusively on Snapdeal, Spice Android One Dream UNO Mi-498 smartphone on Flipkart and Micromax Canvas A1 smartphone on Amazon India
- Partnership with Qualcomm – suggesting more powerful and good quality processors/chips for Android One smartphones.
- New Android One smartphones from Acer, Alcatel Onetouch, Asus, HTC, Intex, Lava, Lenovo, Panasonic, and Xolo
- Carrier billing in India