Android One devices will cost less than 00

Google has just announced Android One as a reference platform to make it easier for hardware manufacturers to build Android smartphones in emerging markets today at Google I/O. The solution is designed as a turn-key option where Google pre-selects core components and qualify vendors so that phone manufacturers can make hardware at more affordable costs. The devices then run a stock version of Android to keep the software development costs down as well.

Google's Sundar Pichai shows off a smooth operating Android One smartphone made by a partner

Manufacturers can customize the phone for their market with pre-loaded apps that are relevant and hardware features like dual-SIM and FM radio.

Devices launching using the Android One platform could cost under $100 and are designed as stock Android devices for emerging markets like India. Google's Sundar Pichai showed off a device with a 4.5-inch display for India using an attractive design that runs stock Android and auto-installs apps. Additionally, updates will be pushed to the phone similar to how Nexus and Google Play edition devices work.

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Partners Karbonn Mobiles, Micromax and Spice are on board at launch to make Android One devices.

Are you excited about the prospect of Android One? Essentially, it's like a Google Play edition device for emerging markets.