In recent times Google and its hardware partners in India (Micromax, Spice, Karbonn and Lava) launched various Android One phones but now Google has decided to take the tried and tested program from the continent of Asia to Africa.
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For Google a recent subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. Android One is a big deal. At the launch of Android One in Nigeria, important Google dignitaries were in attendance to educate us why we should really consider the Android One OS powering the Infinix Hot 2 as our next device.
Why is this so? What really is so important about this Android One project? Is it up to par with the Nexus experience? Will we actually get regular updates? Read on, we plan on answering all your Android One questions.
What is Android One?
Android One is actually a Google programme where the company is partnering with smartphone companies in developing nations to create “high-quality” devices but at low-cost.
The Android One OS was announced in June 2014 by Google CEO Pichai and India was the first country where Google launched Android One phones.
According to the Mountain View company the Android One OS is its attempt to create affordable smartphones so individuals still using a feature (Non smartphone) phone can make the switch easily without hurting their bank accounts.
How Are Android One Device Different From Other Android Phones?
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- Despite Android One similarities with the regular version of Android phones according to Google some extra customization has been added into the software to make it run smoothly on low end devices.
- Android One lacks third-party user interface (eg TouchWiz UI on Samsung Galaxy phones, Sense UI on HTC etc.) or unnecessary features (eg Blow to unlock screen and other fancy gimmicks). It is basically the version of Android created by Google.
- With normal Android phones in the marker, the company selling the phone is solely responsible for choosing the appropriate hardware and software for the devices but this is different in Android One Devices, here Google is in total control and dictates the hardware and software experience. Google is also responsible for delivering software updates to Android One phones. This means you can expect Android One phones to get latest version of Android (I see you Marshmallow) Google promises that every Android One phone will get updates for at least two years, so expect the Infinix Hot 2 to get updates to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
So how cheap are Android One Smartphones and what are are the specifications?
Several Android One Devices are available in Asia but only one Android One phone is available in Africa. You can currently get the Infinix Hot 2 for 18,500/19,500 Naira in Online stores and physical Stores in Nigeria but for Ghana, Kenya and Egypt the Infinix Hot 2 can only be gotten at online stores for $89/99. This is because the phone comes in two versions, the 1GB RAM version and 2GB RAM version.
To recap the Infinix Hot 2 specs it comes in a 5-inch 720p screen , MediaTek quad-core processor running at 1.3GHz, 1GB RAM/2GB RAM , 16GB internal storage, support for microSD card, 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera.
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Written by Odumu Oghenetega Peace