News by Luke Jones on Monday September 15, 2014.
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As expected, Google has today rolled out the Android One initiative in India, launching a number of entry level handsets all running the unified Android software. The company has been working on Android One since launching the project back in the middle of the year during the Google I/O conference, and now the launch has saw three new handsets for the Indian market.Each smartphone has been built within the country and each will retail for a price of around $100 when they are launched. As Google has detailed previously, Android One devices will all run the latest version of the platform (at this moment 4.4.4 KitKat) that has been configured by Google. The company promises that all handsets will be updated for a full two years, meaning the Android One devices launched this year will definitely get Android L and may even be supported long enough for the next full platform release. Google will spread Android One to other emerging markets where the combination of home sourced hardware and official Google software will continue. Although not confirmed, it is expected that Indonesia and the Philippines will be next. For now though, let's look at the first Indian based Android One smartphones. Google was clear when it first showed off Android One that the company would deliver a unified Android experience that would be shared by every device associated with the project. Mountain View also claimed it would help with the design, orientation, and general aspects of the handsets, and it seems that was true. There is no getting away from the fact that these devices all look very similar, while their specs are all but identical too. I am not sure if that is because of Google's involvement, but there is a whiff of Nexus 4 about these handsets so I presume that is the case. Spice Dream Uno Mi-498
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