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Android One is an idea, an idea that is starting to grow into something that could be huge. The idea of a low cost Android device, with hardware hand picked by Google and the latest software, could be seen as a way for Google and Android manufacturers to make millions of dollars from poorer areas of the world. You could also see it as a way of enriching these peoples lives. Hmm I think I’ll stick with the making money idea. Whether Android One is a knee jerk reaction to Nokia selling millions of Lumia in India last year remains to be seen also.
The first of these Android One devices to be released is made by Micromax who are one of India’s bestselling phone manufacturers. The three new devices coming to India are called Karbonn Sparkle V, Spice Android One Dream UNO Mi-498, and Micromax Canvas A1. Catchy eh?
The specs of these phones are to meet Google’s minimum standards:
a 4.5in (11.4cm) display
1GB of RAM (random-access memory)
a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front one
Quad Core Mediatek chipset.
the ability to run the next version of Android.
Micro-SD (Secure Digital) slot.
Built-in FM radio.
Dual Sim card.
These phones are designed to be sold by the networks in areas such as India for as little as £65 which may seem cheap to us, but no doubt that’s still quite costly for some people round the world.
Google have come to agreements with the networks though to help people download apps and do things like watch YouTube without getting stung with data costs. If the user is on Airtel data used to download Android updates will not come out of their allowance for the first six months. Users can also download 200MB worth of apps from Google Play on top of their data plan. YouTube has also been modified to allow offline viewing of videos already watched.
Some people are wondering if the Android One devices will ever be sold in areas like the UK, Europe or the US, but I’d say thanks to companies like Motorola we already have something similar. Google have big plans for it though.
We’re also excited to welcome more partners to the program, including phone manufacturers Acer, Alcatel Onetouch, ASUS, HTC, Intex, Lava, Lenovo, Panasonic, Xolo, and chipmaker Qualcomm.
Finally, we plan to expand the Android One program to Indonesia, the Philippines and South Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) by the end of the year, with more countries to follow in 2015.
Google have published a video on their YouTube channel explaining Android One. Enjoy.
Introducing Android One:
Let’s get the what right out of the way: There’s been a tip from a trusted source that CPW will have the new Nexus device on sale on 1 November. Interesting, right? That gives all us all sorts of possible timelines to work with.
But what does that mean? One lone rumour means it can be trusted, much less substantiated. But that got me thinking. Even if the Nov 1st date is true, we can’t work backward to confirm when the new Nexus will be announced, or will be up on sale anywhere else. We can’t even guess when it’ll go up on sale in the Play Store, much less when it will be shipped. Hell, we haven’t even got confirmation of the name of the device (are they going to go with 6, for 6th generation, or come up with some new arbitrary nomenclature?). Over the last year, I’ve heard tell that HTC, Motorola and LG are going to produce the next Nexus.
This rambling wasn’t going to be written up, as not only does it have no bite, there’s very little bark. But it’s small things like this, trickling in bit by bit. It’s the tiny pieces of information from a myriad of sources. It’s the putting together those little elements into a smarter whole that makes this industry so much fun to write about.
Most of the time, those little titbits of information don’t pan out the way we want them to. But sometimes, every now and again, they do. So – in case you haven’t worked it out, there’s a rumour that CPW will have the new Nexus available to buy on Nov 1st. Read into that what you will.
Google's as-you-type search suggestions have only offered the tiniest bit of help so far. They can handle basic math, but they won't answer questions that require more than a few numbers. However, that might soon change. Chrome for Android now has an experimental feature that answers some of your queries before you've even finished asking. Switch it on and you can get the weather, historic dates and other valuable info without ever seeing Google's usual results page. While the feature isn't all that vital when you have access to Google Now, it may save you the trouble of switching apps (or leaving the page you're on) when you just want to get a small factoid. There's also no hint as to when Google might make the feature standard on Android or bring it to the desktop, but let's hope that an upgrade comes soon -- it could save a lot of unnecessary keystrokes.
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