Google is one of the biggest tech companies in the world. The Mountain View giant dabbles in pretty much everything tech-related, and their Android mobile operating system is currently the market leader, and has been for a while now. Many OEMs all around the world are including Google’s mobile operating system in their devices, but many of them put third-party skins on top of it, which essentially slows down update and in some cases affects performance of those smartphones. As you all know, Google releases new Nexus smartphone(s) every year with stock Android pre-installed on them, and last year they decided to fire up Android One program, which is based on stock Android as well, read on.
Android One has kicked off in September last year in India, and has since then expanded to a number of other countries, mainly in Asia, and lately it has been rolling out to Africa as well. What is Android One? Well, it’s basically Google’s way to offer really affordable smartphones with stock Android pre-installed on them. Google partnered up with a number of OEMs to manufacture such smartphones, and even though the project wasn’t that successful in the beginning (poor sales), Google is still hoping it will be successful in the end.
That being said, the company is expanding the Android One project to Europe, Spain and Portugal will be the first European countries to get Android One smartphones. Google has partnered up with BQ, a Spanish smartphone manufacturer, and revealed the Android-powered Aquaris A4.5 handset which is a part of the Android One project. This smartphone sports a 4.5-inch 960 x 540 IPS display along with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The phone is powered by MediaTek’s MT6735M quad-core SoC running at 1GHz along with a Mali T720 MP1 GPU for graphics. The 8-megapixel shooter is located on the back of this smartphone, and a 5-megapixel snapper can be found on its front side. The 2,470mAh battery is also a part of this package, and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop comes pre-installed on this device.
The Aquaris A4.5 is already available for purchase in Spain and Portugal, the device is priced at â‚¬169.90 in Spain, and â‚¬179.90 in Portugal. There you have it, Android One has arrived in Europe, and it remains to be seen which countries will it roll out in next.