Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) partnered with some of the famous Indian smartphone brands including Micromax, Spice and Karbonn to release Android One budget Android KitKat 4.4.4 smartphones in India. This also follows the company’s aim to connect the rest of the world to the Internet. During the Google I/O, the company featured some low price stock Android devices running the Android One, is now finally arriving in the countries like India.
There are about 800 million active mobile subscription in India which gives a penetration rate of almost 70 percent in the country. However, only few can connect to themselves to the Internet. According to a report from the We Are Social, India has about 243 million Internet users, and majority of it rely on their mobile devices to connect to the Internet.
Google seems to end this gap by providing low-cost phones having a stock Android OS, maintained and updated directly from the Mountain view giant. It is no doubt that the people living in the country would buy this cheap Android phone tagged with a price of nearly $100. It will eventually fill up the gap between the number of people living without an Internet connection and people who have never seen it.
Coming down to the the configuration of the device these companies will offer, these devices will have a 4.5-inch, 854×480-pixel display, a Cortex A7 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage expandable to 32GB, besides 2-megapixel front and 5-megapixel rear facing cameras, dual SIM card slots, an FM radio and a 1700 mAh rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery. The phones run Android One and will get the next version when it is released.
These phones will be easily available from the retail giants, including Flipkart, in India. However, it is being expected that the companies will offer a marginal discount on these smartphones to attract more users across the entire country.