Google's newest Android One initiative is up and running. Already we have seen as many as three different handsets (similar in specs, though) being launched by three different Indian handset makers. And reports have suggested that more are on their way.
But the Android One initiative is just a small part of it since the Indian handset market has already seen, and still seeing, new smartphone arriving almost everyday. And we only recently saw the arrivial of the second generation Moto G handset.
While the new Moto G is an improvement over its predecessor, it does come in at a time when Android One-based handsets are indeed flooding into the market. And one such device that has demanded our attention is the Micomax-made Canvas A1 handset.
Here's a closer look
While both the handsets boast a "pure Android experience," it is still to be noted that you aren't getting anything new in terms of the device OS. It's the same Android KitKat the world is using.
Since the Micromax handset is a part of the Android One initiative, the company has also linked up with one of the leading mobile carriers in the industry. Striking a partnership with Airtel, you can download a host of apps and other downloads for free for 6 months.
The new Motorola Moto G for 2014 maybe a new release, but if a teardown of specs is made, you will see that although there are changes, it isn't that much, especially the looks of the handset sticking to what it was previously.
It's not only the Micromax handset, but others from Karbonn and Spice in the initiative that look quite similar to each other. But on an overall point of view, they do look like smaller versions of the Nexus 5.
The Motorola-made Moto G of this generation has quite an improvement over its predecessor. The new Moto G comes Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor.
The Micromax handset, in this respect, offers a slightly better Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 processor. We are not even considering the price points here.
The new Motorola Moto G offers a 5MP primary snapper in the rear with autofocus and LED flash. It also offers a 2MP secondary snapper at the front.
The Micromax handset, at its price point, offers the expected 5MP primary snapper at the back with autofocus and LED flash, while it offers 2MP shooter at front.
The new Moto G from Motorola is powered by a non-removable 2070mAh battery unit, while the Micromax Canvas A1 offers a 1700mAh battery unit.
There's no denying the fact that the Moto G is visibly offering most of the better specs of the the two. And that's only expected since the company has made a few notable changes over the first generation handset. However, in terms of the Indian market, the price factor is a major issue. And if considering the handset prices in this regard, we see the Android One handsets gaining more ground than any other in days to come.