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Android One Smartphones Launch, Start at $105

Google’s new Android One project promises to bring affordable stock Android smartphones to India and other developing markets, and today the company rolled out its first three devices at an extremely competitive price. All three new phones should start at 6,399 rupees (roughly $105 USD) and run the latest version of Android 4.4 KitKat.

Let’s take a closer look at Google’s three new smartphones, which come from three different local phone-makers but offer pretty much the same exact specs under the hood. The inaugural Android One lineup includes the Micromax Canvas A1, the Karbonn Sparkle V and the Spice Android One Dream UNO Mi-498. All three come equipped with a 4.5-inch 854 x 480-pixel display, a quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage with microSD support up to 32GB and dual SIM card slots.

The Android One lineup is kicking off in India, where all three devices should be available online before hitting stores next month. Google is also expected to push into other nearby East Asian markets including Indonesia and the Philippines later this year, with even more markets planned for 2015.

Of course none of these new handsets can really compete with flagship Android phones from companies such as Samsung, LG and Motorola, but Google’s new strategy could still have an impact in developed smartphone markets. The company’s rumored Android Silver program is expected to take a similar approach towards high-end devices, offering a set of guidelines for phone-makers to follow in an effort to create a unified Android experience around the world.


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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...


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