Delivering on its I/O promise, Google launches Android One smartphones in India on September 15, 2014.
The much awaited Android One phones by Google have been launched in India yesterday, September 15, 2014. Google has partnered with local mobile manufacturing companies like Micromax, Karbonn and Spice to produce these budget smartphones.
As promised by Google at the I/O in 2014, the devices will start at Rs. 6,299 ($100). The three phones became available exclusively from their respective online partners at 3.30 pm IST on September 15, 2014.
The US-based tech giant announced the first batch of Android One smartphones – Spice Dream Uno, Micromax Canvas A1 and the Karbonn Sparkle V. These phones will be running the Android v4.4 KitKat and will also be the first to receive the Android L release.
Google also announced that Indian Telecom giant Airtel will be running a promotional offer, wherein users will receive free over-the-air (OTA) software updates as and when they are available. Along with this, Airtel users will receive 200 MB worth free app download per month for the first six months.
In a few weeks time, Android One smartphone users will be able to watch YouTube videos offline, with a new feature from Google that allows users to store videos on their phones through Wi-Fi.
Where to buy the phones?
Spice Dream Uno – Rs. 6,299. Buy here
Karbonn Sparkle V – Rs. 6,399. Buy here
Micromax Canvas A1 – Rs. 6,499. Buy here
However, Indian customers seeking to buy the Android One smartphones in retail stores will have to wait it out till October, 2014.