At the Google I/O 2014 developer's conference, the search engine giant has already revealed the names of the India-based smartphone OEMs which have signed up for the Android One program. The program is completely targeted to the growing markets like India and Brazil, where low-cost phones will churn out the best business. These OEMs from India are Micromax, Karbonn and Spice.
But it's not only the software part that makes the phones affordable, but most of the times, it's the hardware that makes it more expensive. Thus, now according to Digitimes, Google is collaborating with chip maker MediaTek which is comparatively cheaper than Qualcomm. Moreover, this probably means that the all the Android One powered devices will be using MediaTek chipsets.
The report also states that MediaTek which is the second largest chipmaker in the world, will have access to the latest Android software and firmware. Google will set up a bunch of hardware and software guidelines and reference design platforms for OEMs to create these devices for emerging markets. The company is reportedly said to be in talks with MediaTek for the same project since past six months.
All these devices will run on stock Android and Google will directly provide firmware updates to them. Google showed of its first Android One device from Micromax at the keynote. It had a 4.5-inch display, a dual-SIM slot and a MediaTek dual-core MT6575 processor.
The Android One platform is Google's attempt to reach the 'next 5 billion users' who currently don't own a smartphone. According to Google, these devices will be costing as low as 100$ (approx. Rs. 6,000). These devices will be launched in India this fall (October).