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Android One Spreading to New Markets

by Todd Haselton | December 22, 2014December 22, 2014 7:30 am PDT

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Google’s Android One project, which promises to offer a pure Android experience on “high-end” smartphones for emerging markets, first made its debut in India earlier this year. Now Google has announced new markets for its initiative, noting that it will soon work with carriers in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal to roll out Android One devices there.

Google says its potential market includes 200 million people in those countries, and said that the new Banglalink will sell Android One smartphones in Bangladesh and that Symphony will sell its new Symphony Roar A50 device alongside other products offered by Micromax, Karbonn and Spice.

“These devices will give people a high quality mobile experience for an affordable price, running stock-Android with updates from Google,” Google’s vice president of product management Caesar Sengupta said in a recent blog post. “With more hardware and carriers launching Android One phones in more countries, we’re excited to see the diverse array of devices our partners will offer in 2015 and beyond.”

Android One was designed for emerging smartphone markets, so it seems unlikely we’ll ever see them in the United States, where Nexus products and Google Play Edition devices offer a pure Android experience, though at least one device is already being sold in the U.K. We’ll likely hear about new Android One markets in the coming months as Google continues its expansion.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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