I’m old enough and cynical enough to realise it’s all about money “at the end of the day”, but I really like the Android One MO: cheap phones for emerging markets, with decent specs, a ban on needless bloat, and the promise of two years of software support.
The programme is now officially a thing in India, where three Android One handsets are currently on sale, and some guy somewhere says we can expect a couple of new phones in December and January.
At present, Indian consumers have the choice of the Karbonn Sparkle V, Micromax Canvas A1, and – wait for it – the Spice Android One Dream UNO Mi-498. Those are pretty much the best smartphone names EVER.
They’re all selling for roughly £65, with specs including 4.5in displays (480 x 854), dual SIM compatibility, quad-core MediaTek processors, and 1GB of RAM.
According to The Hindu, they’ll be joined by something from Karbonn in December, while the fifth Android One handset will possibly be served by Intex in January. Spice reportedly has a second phone brewing, too, vaguely pencilled in for 15Q1.
Indeed, there’s no shortage of manufacturers onboard with Android One, with the list extending to include HTC, Lenovo, Asus, Acer, Alcatel, Panasonic, Lava, and Xolo.
Google says Android will hit the Philippines, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka before the end of the year, with more to follow throughout 2015.