Google Announces Android One for Developing Markets

I/O developer 2014 conference in San Francisco revealed that Google wants Android to be a part of your life.

The company announced Android L, the next version of the mobile operating system. Android Wear, a custom version of the OS specifically tailored for smartwatches, Android TV and Android Auto, which allows Android smartphones to project data to the vehicle’s dashboard screen.

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Android has now more than 1 billion active users around the globe and the company is aiming to reach out to the next five billion smartphone users.

For the purpose Google has announced “Android One“, which is described as a reference platform to help smartphone manufacturers build affordable devices with much ease. Google’s engineers will identify and design low cost hardware and the OEMs will manufacture it.

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These low cost devices will be running stock Android, just like Nexus with Google Play. Which means users will get automatic software updates as well as recommended apps from Play Auto-installs.

Google is starting the One program from India with three manufacturers including, Micromax, Karbonn and Spice. The sample device features a 4.5-inch screen, Dual camera, Dual SIM, SD card slot and FM radio.

The details about processor and memory haven’t been revealed but if Google is in the control of both hardware and software, we can expect that these devices will perform much better than other low end smartphones.

There is no word on the expansion of this program to other developing countries including Pakistan. But we wish that it will happen soon as the dilemma of low end smartphone users in Pakistan is that they never get software updates and the performance of these devices is usually terrible.


  • Guest

    The Day Will me Remarkable when Pakistan Will be Launching Point Of Such Projects

  • Yasir Mahmood

    There Should be a Ban on Multinational Companies to Sell Smartphones until they Deploy an Assembling or Manufacturing Unit In Pakistan ,Simply

    • Pakistan market is so small that its not even considered while making strategies. They just bundle you with Afghanistan and India :D

    • Asad

      Good.

      • Asad

        Bad

        • Asad

          OK

          • Asad

            Ali

            • Asad

              OK

              • Ammar

                tabiyat set hai?

                • Asad

                  Q Tumhain kya hua?

    • Lol. In that case, jo thorray boht smartphone yahan nazar aa jatay hain kabhi kabhi, wo bhi nahi milain gay.

    • Faisal

      100% Agreed

    • Shahid Saleem

      Why stop at smartphones? Why not also ban wifi modems, laptops, networking hardware etc etc? That way we won’t have to listen to such idiocy.

      • Yasir Mahmood

        Wifi Modems are Being Assembled in Pakistan
        Laptops are Gonna be soon like Haier
        Dont know abt Networking H/W

        and BTW,Cellular Usage is much more then Wifi and Network usage,So its Worthless Demand

        • Shahid Saleem

          assembled is hardly the same as produced. What is the difference between importing a smartphone or importing just the parts? You only save on labour costs. And believe me, it’s no saving when you consider how high our costs are compared with automated assembly lines of China or Korea.

    • Khurram ShahzAd

      If we ban multinational companies from selling than the ones who will install plants here will have utter monopoly, then like Auto sector of Pakistan we will have to pay much more for cheap quality stuff. Banning is not the way to go, need to encourage them, need to make them feel that their investment in Pakistan will be safe and good idea to do it.

      Installing plants here will lower their costs, they must only be reluctant due to inconsistent gov policies and security situation here.

  • Shahid Saleem

    Where does it say that it will get updates? Just because it runs stock android, it does not mean it will get updates. Furthermore, manufacturers are allowed to bundle their own apps with it so it is not 100% pure stock.

    • Sundar Pichai clearly said during the keynote that Google itself will keep the phones updated, his words: “just like we do with Nexus and Google Play Edition phones”.

      As for the stock, yes it is pure stock. The requirement for stock is that original OS is not modified, and these phone will have unadulterated OS. Bundling the apps does not mean it will not remain stock, since those apps will not interfere with the core OS, they will come from Play Store and user will have full control over them (like the ability to uninstall them, etc).

  • Videovertex

    Yar ye kia baat hui India ka micromax nazar agaya…Qmobile nazar ni aya? Itna kharcha krte hain becharay Kareena ko ad me rkhne k lye.

  • Awais Ahmed

    Firefox OS 1.1 already did this

  • Masood ur Rahman

    Global brands contributes only those growing market segments where people are more into life style enhancement. Biggest market share captured by Chines brands and they should deploy their assembly or manufacturing plant in a price driven market of Pakistan.

  • Masood ur Rahman

    According to Google, Auto version software tailored for cars, synching of smart phones in dashboard screens and controls, is being shared with in an array of auto makers and vehicles “should be rolling of lots” by the end of this year.