After Firefox smartphones that were launched in India recently, the Android One is another initiative that will provide ample space for low-end smartphone market to grow this year. Just today, Google has announced three handsets by Indian vendors and one of them comes from Spice.
The device dubbed as Spice Dream Uno Mi-498 comes at the price of Rs. 6,999 and features the same specifications as the other two Android One phones from Micromax and Karbonn. All the Android One phones that were launched today are available for purchase through online retailers in India from today and at retail stores across India from early October.
As far as the specs are concerned, the Spice Dream Uno Mi-498 comes with a 4.5-inch display offering an FWVGA resolution of 854×480 pixels. It is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM and runs on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Google has also promised that these smartphones will be some of the first smartphones to get the Android L update.
Similar to the other Android One phones, it will also come with a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing snapper. It houses 4GB of internal storage which can be further enhanced with a microSD card. Connectivity options include dual-SIM card slots, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. The Canvas A1 is fueled by a 1,700mAh battery.
Google has also inked a deal with telecom service provider Airtel to offer buyers with special data plans. Under the agreement, Airtel will provide a free download of OTA updates, and 200MB per month worth of app downloads from Google Play for the first six months.
Sundar Pichai, Google Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome & Apps, said, "If we look at how people are getting online and accessing information today, increasingly it's through a smartphone. While 1.75 billion people around the world already have a smartphone, the vast majority of the world's population-over five billion more-do not."
He further added, "By working closely with phone and silicon chip makers to share reference designs and select components, we're making it easier for our partners to build phones that are not just great to use, but also affordable. With Android One, we not only want to help people get online, we want to make sure that when they get there, they can tap into the wealth of information and knowledge the web holds for everyone."
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