[caption id="attachment_950645"] The first Android One phones have arrived. Google has launched the first set of three phones under its Android One project in India at a price starting at Rs 6,299. The first Android One devices to be available in India are the Micromax Canvas A1, Karbonn Sparkle V and the Spice Dream Uno. [/caption]
The dual-SIM phones have similar specs and come with a 4.5-inch display, 5 megapixel rear cameras, 1700mAh battery, 1GB RAM and run Android 4.4 operating system. The phones are powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek Cortex A7 processor.
While Flipkart and Snapdeal are exclusively selling Android One smartphones from Spice and Karbonn, respectively, Amazon.in is selling handsets from Micromax.
The Spice Android One Dream UNO Mi-498 is priced at Rs 6299 on Flipkart, the Karbonn Android One Sparkle V is available for Rs 6399 on Snapdeal and the Micromax Canvas A1 is listed on Amazon.in at Rs 6,499.
With Android One Google is attempting to get a firm hold on the low-cost segment of the world's fastest growing smartphone market.
The Android One phones will have a two-year software support from Google, which means that Android One phone users will be assured of updates to the newer versions of the Android operating system.
Google has also partnered with Airtel to offer upgrades to Airtel users to the latest version of Android without using any data for the download. Also any apps that Airtel users download from the Google Play Store wouldn't count against your data usage either (up to 200MB per month).
After launching in India, Google said it plans to expand Android One to Indonesia, Philippines, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka will by the end of 2014 and in more countries in 2015.
Google is also expanding Android One programme with Acer, Alcatal OneTouch, Xolo, HTC, Lava, Intex, Asus and Lenovo. It has also roped in Qualcomm for the chipsets.