Back at Google I/O in June, Google has announced their Android One project along with 3 initial partners that are included in it, Karbonn, Spice and Micromax. Those three companies have unveiled their smartphone offerings today at Google’s event in India. Google’s senior vice president and head of Android and Chrome, Sundar Pachai, has announced 9 new OEM partners for Android One program. That’s not all though, he also announced a new chipset partner, Qualcomm. This company makes arguably the best mobile chipsets in the world and it is a huge addition to this project. HTC, Lenovo, Asus, Acer, Alcatel, Panasonic and some smaller Indian companies Xolo, Lava and Intex were announced as new OEM partners for Android One project.
Just announced devices by Karbonn, Spice and Micromax are launched in India for Indian market. With the addition of the 9 aforementioned manufacturers, there’s no doubt Android One will go global. Google didn’t give us the specifics of when and where will Android One launch next, but I bet we’ll find out more in the near future. It will be interesting to see how Google intends to keep the promised price point when the company unveiled Android One project with the addition of Qualcomm’s chips which are somewhat more expensive than MediaTek offerings. You might notice there are some big names missing from that list, like HTC and Samsung for example, as well as Huawei and ZTE if we look at Chinese market. It’s possible these manufacturers weren’t interested in this considering they want to keep on creating their own OS skins based on Android, but I’m just guessing of course.
For those of you who’re still wondering what Android One project is, I’ll try to be as brief as possible. Android One is Google’s project announced back at Google I/O. This means Google is partnering with OEMs in order for them to bring devices which contain Google’s software inside, which means they’ll get timely updates. Manufacturers can still implement their own apps inside, though they can’t skin the OS or anything of the sort. Goal of this project is to offer solid smartphones to consumers while keeping their price at around $100.