Google has long been striving to improve the experience for Android users who own mid-range to low-end equipment. This is because in previous versions of the operating system (Ginger Bread for example) computers with RAM less than 500MB constantly suffered from slowness and operation problems, to the point that the user experience was frustrating on many occasions, and ended up staining for some time the good image of Android among those who had a terminal with modest specifications. With the arrival of Android Kitkat, this situation was radically improved, and thanks to the optimization in the management of memory and resources, the new low-end devices that are being produced with support for Kitkat, have a satisfactory user experience. and nothing frustrating.
It was in this way that Google with KitKat, Google largely managed to address one of the most common complaints among Android users. But nevertheless there was still another big complaint related to the world of SmartPhones, and it was proclaimed by those people who did not have access even to the low-end terminals for their prices. Both Google and many other companies in the technology sector know important figures of the penetration of smartphones worldwide, and they have focused on bringing the next generation of smartphones to as many people as possible, breaking the price barrier that separates users from these devices.
Android ONE a SmarPhone model
ANDs as well as Google this week is launching a new range of cell phones, called Android One. The objective of this line is to bring to the less favored, mid-range and low-end Smartphones at really affordable prices and with the best that Android can offer both in software and wardware.
According to figures from Google, approximately 1.75 billion people around the world have access to a smartphone with internet access. This leaves about 5 billion people remaining with a cell phone that is not smart or without a phone at all.. It is this great remnant that Android One is targeting. In a great alliance with equipment manufacturers and integrated chip manufacturers, Google has made this first major effort in India by bringing the first 3 Android One models (Karbon Sparkle V, Micromax Canvas A1, and Spice Dream UNO), which have Android Kitkat and the guaranteed promise of being updated to Android L, the next generation of this operating system. Among the specifications of these 3 models (which are almost identical) we have:
- 4.5 ” screen at a resolution of 854 × 480
- 1.3Ghz Quad-core Mediatec processor Cortex-A7 CPU
- Mali 400 MP2 GPU
- 1 GB RAM
- 4 GB internal storage
- MicroSD expansion slot
- Front (2 MP) and rear (5 MP) cameras
- FM Radio
- Dual SIM Card support
- Removable 1,700 mA battery
The prices of these 3 teams are very even since they are a very similar cell phone, sold by 3 different manufacturers like this (price translated into dollars):
- Spice Dream UNO sells for $ 103
- Karbon Sparkle V sells for $ 105
- Micromax Canvas A1 retails for $ 106
In an unprecedented move, Google has entered into an alliance with one of India’s cellular operators (Airtel), offering customers who purchase an Android One free downloads of Android updates even if the person does not have a subscription plan. data, and a package of 200MB monthly free for 6 months for app downloads in the Google Play Store, which will still work even if the person does not have a data plan and if they have a data plan they will not be charged for the contracted data.
As if that were not enough, the happy owners of an Android One will be offered the SD memory for their cell phone for free (the memory capacity has not been specified yet), a free subscription package for one year to the Google Play Newsstand and the ability to view YouTube videos offline (function not available yet on any other device). Does it seem little? Well, there is still more. The manufacturers of these 3 models are offering in their virtual stores additional discounts and promotions for those in India who dare to buy these equipment, such as the possibility of paying them in installments for example.
As we can see, 2014 and 2015 would be the years of economic equipment, with Premium equipment benefits. At last Google is seeing the massification of low-end Smartphones with Premium quality arrive. Play that began successfully at the end of 2013 at the hands of Motorola with the Moto G and Moto E when even Motorola was his property. What is the fate of these teams? Only time will tell, what I am sure is that good times are coming for us users, with the possible reduction in equipment prices, and the sure arrival of new really cheap equipment and with really Premium features. From now on Google announces that by 2015 it would be taking its Android ONE to at least 5 more countries and from there surely little by little to the rest of the world. It has also made an invitation to more manufacturers to join this initiative.