A new report claims that the first smartphones using Google's low cost Android One reference platform could launch in India sometime next week, but that the prices for those phones may be higher than the under $100 level that the company first announced in June.
The Economic Times, citing unnamed sources, claims that the prices for the first Android One-based smartphones will be between Rs 7,000 and Rs 10,000 in India, rather than the RS 6,000 price point. The report claims this is due to Google wanting to add more features and apps to these phones.
Karbonn, Micromax and Spice are the three Indian phone OEMs that are teaming up with Google to make the first Android One phones. Today's report claims they got a chance to see one of the devices that could launch next week, which they said had a removable back, a 1700-mAh battery, dual SIM slots and an SD card slot. The first phones could have displays that range between 4.3 and 4.5 inches, along with 1 GB of RAM.
The story also claims that while these phones will ship with Android KitKat 4.4.4 out of the box, they could get an update to Android L sometime in October. What do you think of the prospects of these cheap Android-based smartphones in India and eventually to other developing markets?
Source: Economic Times