Google and Android are hugely popular in India and now the Android One swoop is going to be a big hit in the Indian Market as well. Keeping Indians in mind, especially the untapped audience, Android One has been released as a family of “bang for your bucks” Android devices. Unlike one or two Google Nexus devices per year, Android One kicked off with three devices with three different Indian based OEMs. And there are more of the same, on its way.
Android One is not a device itself but it is a family of devices running Android. The current version of the Android OS in this devices is Android KitKat. Just like Google Nexus, it’s a family of Android devices tagged under the name, Android One. What so different about Android One? What’s in the store for the Indians? And why they should set their ears to the ground? Read the 6 top features of Android One that’s going to rock the Indian Market.
Top Features Of Android One
Android One Brought Top Of The Line Gadgets
Android One brought three low-budget top featured Android devices to the Indian Market. All these three devices have a 4.5-inch 854×480 resolution IPS display, MediaTek MT6582 SoC with 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU and Mali 400 MP2 GPU, 1GB RAM, 4GB storage space with microSD card slot, 5 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera, FM radio, dual SIM support, and replaceable 1,700 mAh battery. They only differ in design and few additional features offered by their respective OEMs.
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Automatic Android Updates For Up To 2 Year
The three devices which have been released under the tag “Android One” are already stocked with Android (4.4 KitKat) and Google promised for automatic updates as soon as the new Android operating hits the mobile market. That means the first fleet of Android One devices would see a world beyond Android L. It’s a feature that no other software maker at this price point is offering.
Android One device is available for as low as INR 6,299
Android One brought three devices for the Indian users, ranging from INR 6,299 to INR 6,499. Karbonn Sparkle V, Micromax Canvas A1, and Spice Dream UNO are priced INR 6,399, INR 6,299 and INR 6,499 respectively. I’ve already discussed the features they offer. With all these features, Android One has left us with no option other than buying these devices. All these Android One based devices are available on different online stores.
Watch YouTube Videos Offline
Users would soon be able to access and watch YouTube videos offline and minimize their expensive data charges with Android One device. This would be a great help for the users who use their Androids for repeated watching of the same YouTube videos. Watch them once and they’d be yours to keep unless you delete the YouTube history.
Android One promotes the use of Stock version of Android (and that’s what Google wants)
Almost all of the Android devices in this price segment comes with a ripped off version of Android which will be heavily loaded with softwares, skins and modifications, baring the users off the stock version of Android. Since Google doesn’t charge vendors for Android license, OEMs freely modify the Android version according to their needs, basically promoting their own class of Android apps. And with Android devices loaded with OEMs based Android apps and modifications, there’s little room left for the next Android update to fit in!
No worries now, Android One will sort this out.
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And Loads Of Freebies
Low-budget Android One device and loads of freebies is a win-win situation for the customers. Not only you’d be able to watch YouTube videos offline, a feature not available for other Android devices, Android One will also help you to get one-year free subscription to contents on Google Play Newsstand. Apart from that, all the individual online stores selling Android One devices have additional offers which include discounts on accessories, free memory card, free shopping coupons and so on.
Bonus For The Airtel Users
If you’re using Airtel SIM card, experience the freedom of update for the next six months as Airtel is giving free Android updates up to 100MB per month and app downloads up to 200MB per month. Any apps you download from the Google Play Store don’t count against your data usage either (up to 200MB per month).
So that was all about the heroic start of Google’s Android One platform in the Indian Market and why it’s going to change the way you think about Android smartphones. If you’ve already bought one of these Android One’s device, enlighten us with your experience using the comments section below.