First Android One smartphones unveiled in India, Includes support for 7 local Indian languages

BY Rajesh Pandey

Published 15 Sep 2014


Google has just unveiled the first batch of Android One smartphones at an event held in India. Sundar Pichai, leader of Android and Chrome OS at Google, was at the launch event announcing the devices himself. 

At the launch event, Google said that it hopes to capture 40% of the low-end market in India with its Android One series of devices. All handsets under the Android One program will come with support for seven additional local Indian languages including Hindi right out of the box. Users will be able to give voice commands and even use apps in Hindi without downloading any extra data.

Google also says that it plans on expanding its Android One program to other countries like Philippines, Indonesia and other South Asian countries by the end of 2014 and in 2015.

The first batch of Android One smartphones are from local Indian companies like Micromax, Spice and Karbonn and sport modest specs with a price tag that is slightly higher than  $110. All the three smartphones feature the same specs and can only be differentiated based on their design and build quality.

Google is also working with other OEM vendors like XOLO, HTC, Intex, Lenovo and Asus on more Android One devices that will be released next year.

[Via Economic Times]