By now, you have probably heard of Android One a couple dozen times. In the off chance that you haven’t, let me tell you more about it: it’s a new scheme by Google, meant to increase the reach of Android via means of inexpensive hardware, coupled with direct software updates. Traditionally, Google released source code for a new version of Android which was then used by OEMs to prepare software updates for their phones. In this case, even though the phones aren’t directly made by Google, they get direct Android updates somewhat like Nexus devices.
The program was very much exclusive to India until a week or so back when it was announced for some neighboring countries of India including Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Symphony Mobile is a renown name in the Bangladeshi smartphones market, and has taken the opportunity to make the first Android One phone outside of the Indian market — the Symphony roar A50. Again, there’s the same set of specifications we’ve seen on other Android One phones, since it’s a guideline put down by Google. There’s a 4.5-inch 854 x 480p FWVGA display, a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front camera and support for dual-SIM. However, the roar A50 has slight variations from stock Android One, in the sense that it comes with 8GB ROM instead of the standard 4GB, and has an ever so slightly larger capacity 1,780mAh battery instead of just 1,700mAh.
The device is priced 8700 BDT, which is roughly equivalent to $112, putting it in the budget range. To purchase the phone, residents of Bangladesh can head over to the official Symphony Mobile website and do the needful. The Android One program hasn’t been as successful as Google would’ve hoped for in India, which is partly because the arrival of Chinese brands like Xiaomi, Gionee, etc. and partly because of what analysts call a delay of about 6 months. Nonetheless, there are many markets still yearning for decent budget phones, which is where Android One could fill the void.