Google's event will kick off today in New Delhi, India.
At Google I/O in June, Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President for Android, unveiled the initiative to augment Android's reach in the entry-level market. Android One, as it is called, is a platform that allows device manufacturers to create low-cost phones running stock Android OS.
Google did the same for the mid-range market with the Nexus line, as well as the Google Play editions for high-end devices and Android Wear for wearables. Today, Google is expected to unveil its first line of phones running Android One in India.
According to NDTV, Google has already partnered with Micromax, Karbonn, and Spice for a series of low-end phones. All three companies have already confirmed the partnership on Facebook earlier today. India is the right market to target. The country is the second largest telecom market and the fourth largest market for smartphones, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Interestingly, a listing on Flipkart has revealed Spice's Android One phone. Although the listing is now unavailable, AndroidOS.in was able to grab a screenshot of the phone which is reportedly named Spice Android One Dream UNO Mi-498.
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Priced at INR 6,999, the phone sports a 4.5-inch display, 1.3GHz quad-core MediTek processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1,700 mAh battery, and Android 4.4.4. Google's event will kick off today in New Delhi, India.