Google’s Android One initiative is a program aimed at delivering low-cost smartphones with a high-quality user experience, particularly in developing markets where customers might not have a lot of money to spend on top tier smartphones.

The first Android One phones launched in India a few months ago. Now Google has announced that Android One is coming to Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

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Google works with smartphone makers by providing a list of approved hardware that’s verified to work well with its Android software, and while those device makers are responsible for making and distributing phones Google will take care of the software.

That means Android One phones run stock Android software and receive software updates directly from Google… much like a Nexus or Google Play Edition phone or tablet. What makes an Android One phone different from one of those devices is the price: these phones tend to sell for around $100.

Manufacturers and network carriers expected to offer Android One phones in the new markets including Symphony, Micromax, Karbonn, and Spice.

via Android Police

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8 replies on “Android One to bring low-cost Android phones to more countries”

  1. And not a single removable memory card allowed in any of them. Google owns your data. Google owns your life.

  2. We need less devices and a recycling/ environmental destruction tax on the cost of mining and manufacturing all of this electronic pollution. The money should be used to clean up all of the damage done by the proliferation of electronics. Android one is part of the problem, not some solution to the catastrophe electronic manufacturers cause.

  3. I would like to see Android One come to Canada to help us out with affording to own smart phones. The rates of our carriers are ridiculously too high for us to be paying a few hundred dollars for a smart phone, in addition to the monthly charges.

    1. I thought Americans carriers were bad until I visited Canada. You guys have it rough there.

      1. Yeah; I was excited when I learned that Verizon had organized a deal with the Canadian government to enter our market, but Verizon ended up retracting due to numerous consumer groups protesting and boycotting Verizon, even though the government still wanted to allow their entry. It was argued that Verizon, by being larger than all of Canada’s carriers combined and offering such lower rates that the existing carriers would have to offer reasonable rates, would destroy the Canadian mobile carrier market. The main controversy was that the Canadian government was allowing Verizon to buy out small Canadian carriers that none of our Canadian carriers were allowed to buy out, which I agree is wrong, but I would have liked Verizon to enter, even if just to force the existing carriers to offer lower rates.

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