Android One Devices Are Coming To The Philippines Too

Android One is Google's initiative to bring the Android experience to everyone especially in emerging markets with a very affordable price tags. The first batch of the Android One devices has just been officially announced in India where Google partnered with the country's local company to produce these versions of smartphones and these new devices are Karbonn Sparkle V, Spice Dream Uno and Micromax Canvas A1. 

All of these three smartphones from three different manufacturers in India  that will share the same set of specs such as 4.5 FWVGA display with 854x480 resolution and 218ppi, 1GB RAM, 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, 4GB of internal storage with microSD card support of up to 32GB and cameras of 5MP and 2MP rear and front respectively. The battery size would be 1,700mAh and of course all of them will be running Android 4.4.4 Kitkat OS, the most recent one.

- 4.5-inch FWVGA Display
- 854×480 pixels , 218ppi
- 1.3GHz Quad-core MediaTek processor
- 4GB Internal storage
- Supports microSD up to 32GB
- 5MP rear camera
- 2MP front camera
- Dual-SIM
- FM Radio, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, 3G
- Android 4.4.4 Kitkat
- 1,700mAh Battery 

Prices for these devices will vary though but all of then will have a below Php5k price tags when converted to Philippine currency. Google promises to provide software updates directly from them to these Android One devices for two years as the smartphones will run stock version of Android OS. So once the upcoming Android L becomes available later this year Android One devices are first to receive the updates together with other Google Play Edition devices. 

And the best thing about this Android One initiative is that it will later this year be reaching our shore along with other countries like Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Other countries are planned to be added early next year. 

Since Google partnered with local manufacturers in India, it is most likely they will do the same in the PH partnering with out local giants such as Cherry Mobile, Starmobile and MyPhone. However that may not the case after all since Google added that Acer, Alcatel Onetouch, ASUS, HTC, Intex, Lava, Lenovo, Panasonic and Xolo are among the new companies to join the Android One program in the very near future.

Why should we be excited about this Android One program coming to the Philippines?

I think not just because the phones will be affordably priced since we have a good number of selections when it comes to cheap-priced phones, but also because it will be a pure Android experience. Meaning there will be no unwanted and unnecessary apps that will come pre-installed with the devices just the plain latest Android OS and the latest one. Plus this is the fastest way to have our hands on the latest Android versions, Android L is the next big update and that is the main problem with the many of the companies, they do not or it takes so much time before they release a software update or release a new phone with the latest version of Android. Sounds cool right?

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