Phone manufacturers such as Acer, Alcatel Onetouch, ASUS, HTC, Intex, Lava, Lenovo, Panasonic and Xolo are set to join the Android One journey.
After announcing the Android One smartphones from Micromax, Karbonn and Spice for Rs 6,399 in India, Google will launch Android One phones in Indonesia. Philippines and South Asian nations such as Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka will be covered by the end of the year. More countries will follow in 2015.
Today’s announcement involved chipmaker MediaTek. In future, Qualcomm will also be part of the journey.
Google partners will be planning even more high-quality, affordable devices with different screen sizes, colors, hardware configurations and customized software experiences.
“With Android One, we 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,” said Sundar Pichai, SVP, Android, Chrome & Apps, his blog post.
Android One devices will receive the latest versions of Android directly from Google. Android One devices will be some of the first to be updated to the Android L release later this year.
Sundar Pichai said Android One devices come with lots of processing power, front- and rear-facing cameras, apps and videos, expandable storage, dual SIM, replaceable battery and built-in FM radio.