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Android One devices now official, to be available in PH




Google today launches the first batch of Android One devices namely the Karbonn Sparkle V, Micromax Canvas A1, and Spice Dream Uno. They’re all priced equally and competitively at Rs. 6,399 in India or a sub-5K local price. To add more good news, it will soon be available in the Philippines.

karbonn sparkle v

Karbonn Sparkle V specs:
4.5-inch IPS FWVGA display @ 854 x 480 resolution
1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core processor
1GB RAM
4GB storage
Up to 32GB via microSD
5MP rear camera with LED flash
2MP front camera
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
GPS, GPRS, 3G
Dual-SIM
FM radio tuner
1700mAh battery (removable)
Android 4.4 KitKat
113 x 66 x 10.4mm
Colors: Magnum Blue, Mild Grey, Wild Red, and Pearl White

micromax_canvas_a1

Micromax Canvas A1 specs:
4.5-inch IPS FWVGA display @ 854 x 480 resolution
1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core processor
1GB RAM
4GB storage
Up to 32GB via microSD
5MP rear camera with LED flash
2MP front camera
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
GPS, GPRS, 3G
Dual-SIM
FM radio tuner
1700mAh battery (removable)
Android 4.4 KitKat

spice-android-one-dream-uno-mi-498

Spice Dream Uno specs:
4.5-inch IPS FWVGA display @ 854 x 480 resolution
1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core processor
1GB RAM
4GB storage
Up to 32GB via microSD
5MP rear camera with LED flash
2MP front camera
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
GPS, GPRS, 3G
Dual-SIM
FM radio tuner
1700mAh battery (removable)
Android 4.4 KitKat

For those unfamiliar Android One is Google’s initiative to partner with manufacturers and provide both internals and software and to position them at a reasonable price point. It is the company’s plan “to bring high-quality smartphones to as many people as possible.” Users with Android One devices also get updates straight from Google without having the need to wait for manufacturers.

They share all of the key specs and vary in small details like available colors. As of now, all are priced competitively at Rs 6,399 which translates to Php4,624 when converted directly. They currently run on Android KitKat, but will be the first phones to receive the Android L update. Google also mentioned that Philippines will be getting our own share of Android One devices before the year ends.

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Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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23 Responses

  1. Lawrence says:

    Hindi masyadong competitive yung presyo given that Cherry Mobile offer Alpha line at P4,999 and P2, 999.Checked it yesterday, impressed with the performance. Yung Cherry Mobile Flare S3, okay din.

    • archie says:

      Pero hindi naman kasi android one certified ang cherry mobile devices sa market ngayon kaya suntok sa buwan kung masira yan which is history na ng mga cherry mobile device. Kung magiging android one certified ang cherry mobile device, mas magiging mahigpit ang quality control kaya mas sulit sa perang gagastusin mo.

  2. David Garth Ulvida says:

    Ano ba yung Android One?

    • evollove says:

      Basically, Nexus lite phones. Entry level specs + entry level pricing + Stock Android + timely Google updates = Winning marketing formula for emerging smartphone markets and third-world countries.

    • Carl says:

      From my understanding, it’s like iOS and Windows Phone in a sense that the OS will be directly controlled by Google (without manufacturers’ heavy modification or add-ons)

    • archie says:

      Agreement iyun between google and manufacturer. Pag android one certified ang device, hindi pwedeng maglagay ng heavily customized UI para mas madali ang update. Kasama din sa agreement na hindi dapat lemon ang dinidistribute. Pag hindi maganda ang track record ng company at maraming complain ang users habang under ng android one agreement, babawiin yun ng google at babalik ang manufacturer sa dating gawi plus penalties sa pagiging lemon manufacturer.

      Parang seal of approval na rin ito na mura ang device pero reliable pa rin ang hardware na ginamit. Sa dami kasi ng android manufacturers, iba ibang gimik sa UIs nila ang dinadagdag, example ay ang 3pm prayer sa Myphone devices. Ang katapat naman nito sa flagship phones ay ang Android Silver.

    • jherwynne says:

      walang bloatware!

  3. Poging mayaman says:

    YUCKS! WHO THE HELL WOULD BUY THESE CRAP?

    • pobreng mahirap says:

      EWW. BAYAN. MAS BIBILIN KO ANG TORQUE KESA DITO. MAS MURA PA NGA KUNG TUTUUSIN ANG OCTACORE NG SKK DITO.

  4. rockz says:

    I hope Google can bring the Nexus series and the GPE phones here, as well.

  5. Jerenze says:

    Talo na yung mga local brands diyan….. Maganda kasi yung mga 1st batch na Android One phones, swak sa quality and performance at the lowest price possible. Oh well.

    • TangaMo says:

      TANGA !! makikipag partner nga ung google sa mga local brands para gumawa ng phones, kay google ung OS,updates at lahat ng tungkol sa software tas ung mga local brands sa hardware ….

  6. evollove says:

    Everything’s pretty much a carbon copy (or should I say Karbonn copy?) of everything else. But for the price, the specs, the overall package, and most especially Google’s timely updates (a la Nexus lite), these devices are the sweetest deal around.

  7. William C says:

    Save for Google One’s assurance of timely Os updates, phones with those specs or even better are just 3,999 or less these days (Cherry Mobile Flare 3,S3,ThL, SKK g1).

  8. Racer says:

    In all, this race to the bottom should benefit customers

  9. Can Afford says:

    O mga hampaslupang patay gutom from squatters area, eto nalang bilihin nyo. Don’t hate the iPhone 6/6+ buyers because you cant afford it.

  10. Pat says:

    Ang ganda nung idea pero meron na tayong sub 5k phones eh. Mas mataas pa specs.

  11. hoping says:

    Review of android one..
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTLwujhVRa0

    Wala palang OTG support ang android one. Pero upgradeble OS naman siya

  12. R2 says:

    Google should partner with SKK. They’ll price this kind of phones @ less than 2,000. But then, those guys at Google would be shocked and say, no, no that’s too cheap.

  13. ana says:

    Parang ang tamad-tamad na ng writers ng Yugatech. Isang intro na paragraph, copy-pasted pics and specs, and voila! Monetized blog post na. Kinailangan pang magtanong ng isang reader kung ano nga ba itong bagong konsepto na ito, at mas informative pa yung mga reply ng kapwa readers kesa sa actual post ng Yugatech eh. Ano ang nangyayari? Icon ka na sa tech blogging, kahit papano kumikita ka dito, sana naman ibalik sa audience yung ilang taong suporta na ibinibigay nila. Bilang fan at subscriber, nakakadisappoint lang na gantong kawalang kwenta na ang mababasa ko.

    • epiquestions says:

      meron naman explanation after ng specs kung ano ang Android One a. edited lang ba yun after ng comment mo?

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