As per an Economic Times report on Friday, Lava (mobile phone manufacture company) is producing a model of Android One smartphone which will be priced at the equivalent of $189 USD or approx. Rs. 12,499 INR.
According to a recently published report, “A new Android One handset will be unveiled in India coming weak almost up to July 17 this year. A local handset manufacturer, Lava International, is producing the model which will be priced at the equivalent of $189 USD or approx. Rs. 12,499 INR”.
According to those familiar with Google’s thinking, version 2.0 of Android One will be aimed at those who have used a smartphone before. Google has been working for a while on ways to reach the “next 5 billion” mobile users.
The plan for Android One is that Google will work with manufacturers to help them build the best smartphones possible while still offering the features and apps that are the most useful for a particular region.
Android and Chrome Chief Sundar Pichai announced, “A new initiative called “Android One”, which aims to push forward those plans. Not surprisingly, the initiative will continue Motorola’s successes with offering “high-quality low-cost” smartphones for emerging markets.
Reportedly the original models of this affordable Nexus smartphone, made by local manufacturing companies like Karbonn, Micromax and Spice, were priced at the equivalent of $99 USD or approx. Rs. 6,299 INR.
One another change with the new version of “Android One” is that Lava has a huge say over the hardware and software related to the phone. Google’s original Indian partners for Android One merely re-branded phones they received from China.
The buzz around the smartphone market is that Google improved the specs for the Android One smartphone handsets, with upgraded application and latest services developed by both the search giant and Lava.
The rumor about the features of all this new Android One handset that it will have a 5-inch display screen, feature a MediaTek chipset and will come with 2GB of RAM inside, support for multiple SIM cards, Device Protection and high-definition (HD) voice.
Reportedly Google had already started rolling out “Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop)” update for the “Android One” smartphones in India. Micromax Canvas A1, Spice Dream UNO Mi-498 and Karbonn Sparkle V are receiving “Android 5.1.1 Lollipop” update.
The Android smartphone users can also manually check for it by following the path Settings > About Phone > System Updates.
Google officially announced Android 5.0 Lollipop successor Android 5.1 update for supported smartphones which include HTC’s Nexus 9, Motorola’s Nexus 6 and other Android devices.
Google’s new update has laid a lot of emphasis on stability and enhancement stability along with newly enthused security features such as theft protection which is in response to the Cupertino’s Active Lock and it works on the same anti-theft guidelines meaning that no one can garner access to your phone until and unless you sign in your Google account.
Reportedly Google is also making sure that this new Android One phone will be available in physical stores in addition to online stores. The original Android One was hard to find in brick and mortar locations, and was mostly purchased online.
Google is spending approximately $10 million USD to $15 million USD to market the device, what is more interesting is that the phone will be positioned as an “affordable Nexus,” receiving software updates often.