Android One, Google's attempt to launch a new type of Android smartphone in developing countries, is expanding to several African countries. Google revealed that the first Android One smartphone in those locations will be the Lollipop-based Infinix HOT 2.
In a blog post, Google said:
Like all Android One phones, the HOT 2 combines a high-quality hardware experience with pure Android software. Bringing together a quad-core MediaTek processor with 1GB memory, dual SIM support, and black, white, red, blue, and gold (with 2GB memory) models, the hardware is a great complement to Lollipop 5.1.1, which provides up to 2x better performance and extended battery features. The Android One HOT 2 will also receive an update to the next version of Android (according to Infinix's schedule), and thus stays fast and responsive over time.
The Infinix HOT 2 is now on sale in Nigeria for N17,500 (about $88). It will go on sale in the next few weeks in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Egypt, and Morocco. In addition, people who already own a smartphone in those countries will be able to download a new version of the Google Search app, which works well on devices with as low as 512MB of RAM. Finally, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, and Egypt will be able to get a new YouTube app in the next few months that will allow users to store many videos on the service for offline viewing for up to 48 hours.