Android One was recently launched by Google, over in India – and it’s coming to other countries soon after. Basically it’s a way for manufacturers over there to offer Android smartphones at really cheap prices, while Google handles all of the updates. Micromax, is one of the OEMs over there that are selling smartphones for just over $100 USD. Which is a big difference compared to the price of flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S5, and the HTC One M8. For that money, you obviously aren’t getting a Snapdragon 805 chipset, or even 16GB of storage. But you get enough specs to run the device without any lag, which is the most important at that price. Google is looking at the next billion Android users, and that’s a good place to start.
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However, Google isn’t the only one focusing on Android One. So are ROM developers. CyanogenMod 11 has been ported over to Android One devices like the Spice Dream Uno, Karbonn Sparkle V and the Micromax Canvas A1. However, this isn’t official CyanogenMod, and it is in Alpha, so be careful if you’re looking to flash CyanogenMod 11 onto any of these Android One devices here.
It’s great to see development happening for these Android One devices, because typically those with MediaTek chips inside get little to no development support at all. And that’s mostly due to MediaTek’s not-so-open source mindset. Hopefully this is a turn of the tide for MediaTek based devices. I actually kind of like devices with MediaTek chips inside. I’ve heard horror stories about them lagging or being underpowered, but in the few low-end Acer, and Lenovo tablets I’ve reviewed with those chips inside, they’ve been pretty good. Not as good as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800-series, but for the price, they were pretty good. For those looking to flash CyanogenMod over onto the Spice Dream Uno, Karbonn Sparkle V and the Micromax Canvas A1, check out the source link below.