Will be among the first to get Android L
With as little fanfare as possible despite an event invitation earlier this month, Google has finally announced their long awaited lineup of low-cost Android phones that will be among the first to ship as part of the company’s new “Android One” lineup. The devices – which are currently being developed by smaller, lesser known brands Micromax, Karbonn and Spice Mobiles – are being positioned as ways to get Google into the lower-priced, entry level phone market that has been traditionally dominated by “dumb phones” such as those in Nokia’s Asha platform.
Most Android One smartphones will go for about $100, and all of which will be built on some low-end-but-not-abysmal specs, like a 480 x 854 4.5-inch display or a 5-megapixel camera. All will come running with the latest version of stock Android, Android 4.4 “KitKat”, and all will be among the first tier of phones to get a free update to Android 5.0 “L” when that becomes available at some point in the future.