Google launches Android One in six African countries

Expanding its reach for the other countries, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) has launched its project Android One in most of the African countries. Initially beginning with the Infinix Hot 2 super budget-friendly smartphone, the Internet giant has made its way to six countries in the Africa continent.

Google has launched the Android One in Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Morocco. Africa can prove to be most suitable country for the low-cost Android One smartphone as people in these countries are willing to pay less for a smartphone, which is also justified by the economic conditions of the population in Africa.

As far as the price in concerned, the Android One smartphone has been tagged with a price tag of $87 and comes with Android One and a MediaTek Quad-core Processor at its core for driving the entire device. It has 16GB of internal storage or what we call it the ROM, and 1 GB of RAM – just enough to run most of the apps from the Play Store.

Google’s move to sell Android One is truly remarkable as it will help the people stay updated to the latest version of the Android without having to buy high-end smartphones. Android One, which was initiated by the Former VP and current CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai, first launched in India and then slowly started moving out to the other countries on the face of the Earth.

There have been a lot of vendors in India, including Micromax, Karbonn and Spice selling the Android One smartphones. Android One makes a mark by introducing best of technology at a very affordable price point.

Most of those, who have access to old S40, S60 or proprietary Java software feature phones can now switch to the world of smartphones.

There are several advantages with Android One, it is under a direct control of Google and provides OTA updates without any middleman.

Earlier, vendors selling the smartphone won’t even care to give an update for the device, which exposes the users to several security flaws and what not. Google Android One will be in control of the Internet giant, and will only push the updates accordingly.

More vendors in the Africa are expected to join this program.


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