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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.
Will partner with OEMs for low end, quality hardware
September is winding up to be quite the busy month, and now Google itself is getting in on the fun. The company has just sent out media invitations to a Special Event set to take place on September 15th in India. While the invitation is fairly cryptic – all we can really gather from the invitation, seen above, is that we’ll be talking Android – today’s reports indicate that Google plans on announcing a new partnership (dubbed “Android One”) with OEMs to release a lineup of low end, budget smartphones running Android.
Google is said to be working with a variety of OEMs, including relative no-name brands Karbonn and Spice, in order to launch a variety of devices soon. No word yet on whether or not we’ll get any more information on either Android 5.0 “L” or the true successor to the Nexus program, but we’ll let you know what happens to come out of the corporate giant’s mouth.