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Google announces Android One for emerging markets

Google I/O 2014
Google I/O 2014
Google Press Release Kit

Google kicked off this years I/O conference with some major announcements that will delight both hardcore Android fans and fans of technology in general. The announcements were made at Google's main keynote on June 25

Google's Android is no doubt the most widely used mobile operating system in the world today with over 1 billion Android users who take 1.5 trillion steps per day, and take roughly 93 million photos each and every day. Google is looking forward to the next 1 billion users over the coming years and today the tech giant announced a new Android platform called Android One which is geared towards emerging markets.

Android One is a unified platform that has been designed to make it easier for companies who just don;t have the resources to continually develop new devices. The new Android One platform features a phone which will ship with a 4.5-inch display, dual SIM card support, stock Android, Google Play auto-installs, and automatic software updates. These are of course features we are all familiar with in the USA, but in emerging markets these features will be brand new.

The Android One phone has been designed and developed with Indian smartphone companies such as Karbonn, Cromax, and Spice. The specifications of the phone overall are pretty good, and would be considered mid-range in North America and Europe, but the killer feature of these phones will be the price. The Android One phone will be available for under $100 off contract in emerging markets such as India, Africa, and parts of South America.

Google is looking to really looking to take Android to the next level by being the go to platform around the world. The Android One program will look to build on a already huge Android user base by offering a great device at a low price, without skimping on software features.