Google has officially launched the first batch of budget-priced Android One smartphones in India.
The handsets, the Karbonn Sparkle V, Micromax Canvas A1, and Spice Dream Uno, will be available from their respective online retail partners.
All three smartphones bear similar features determined by Google to help reduce manufacturing expenses.
Apps such as Gmail, Google Maps, Google Search, and Google Translate will come up pre-loaded on the devices.
‘Scale Around The World’
If purchased contract-free, Google said the Android One phones could be offered for as low as $105.
“Our goal was to develop high quality smartphones at an affordable price, with access to connectivity, done at scale around the world,” Sundar Pichai, who oversees Android, said in a statement ahead of the launch in Delhi.
“We provide our OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] a menu, effectively. It really saves them a lot of effort in terms of identifying the right hardware [and] doing all the testing you need to do to get the software to run on this hardware,” he explained.
The search engine giant also announced that the new devices will launch in Indonesia, Pakistan, Nepal, the Philippines, and other countries by the end of the year.