The next set of Android One smartphones are gearing up to hit the Indian markets by end of this year, according to a latest report from the Press Trust of India (PTI). Handset makers Karbonn, Spice and Intex will launch their Android One devices in the country by December this year.
Last week, first set of the Android One smartphone were launched in the market by Micromax, Spice and Karbonn. Priced at Rs 6,299 and above the devices are based on Android One reference hardware, comes with stock Android KitKat software and will get software updates directly from Google. Karbonn which already has the the Sparkle V Android One device in the market will launch a second Android One device along with aforementioned handsetmakers by late December.
“Smartphone penetration in India still remains low and we believe there is still a huge scope…We will look at bringing in a device by December-end,”
Shashin Devsare, Executive Director, Karbonn Mobiles, told PTI.
In addition to Karbonn, Spice will also roll out second Android One device in India at the same time. The Android One smartphones will soon hit other markets like Indonesia, Philippines, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka in the coming months. Intex could launch its device by January, said the report.
Google has partnered with OEMs such as Acer, Alcatel, ASUS, HTC, Intex, Lava, Lenovo, Panasonic and Xolo for Android One smartphones. At present, the three Android One smartphones are available for purchase on online portals like Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal. They will hit physical retail stores by Diwali.