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What to expect when Android One arrives in Philippines

We’ve reported on what Android One is all about and we saw the first family of devices launched yesterday. During this event Google also announced the pending arrival to our local shores. What should we expect from the tech giant when the said program arrives in the Philippines?


All of the Google updates, only faster

With their stock Android phones, users will get the latest updates straight from Google with all the newest features, up-to-date security patches, and provide secured backing up of files. Sundar Pichai, Google’s SVP for Android, Chrome, and Apps, assured us that Android One devices are one of the first in line to receive the battery-efficient Android L when it officially rolls out.

Local brands to make Android One smartphones


Since Google partered with India’s homegrown manufacturers with their first batch of Android One phones, it’s likely that they’ll be doing the same once they enter Philippine territory. This means that local brands like Cherry Mobile could be a potential partner – pretty much like how Cherry Mobile’s NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 arrived locally as a rebranded device.

International brands to join in on the fun

Google also announced that they will be working closely with other companies like Acer, Alcatel Onetouch, ASUS, HTC, Intex, Lava, Lenovo, Panasonic, Xolo, and chipmaker Qualcomm so we could expect more Android One devices made by these brands.

Should be priced around Php4K

The launched devices in India were priced at 6,399 Rupees which directly converts to Php4,624. We can safely assume that pricing in the Philippines will be the same or even cheaper in order to compete with already-existing local phones with heavier specs.

So far these are what were mentioned during yesterday’s launch. Are you excited to have an Android One device, carrying decent specs but complete with Google’s support? Or you’re still sticking with the same-priced devices but with better specs?

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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10 Responses

  1. Cyberpinoy says:

    this is better than buying china phone with their buggy OS that sends your details to china server. If the price is right buy this instead.

    • Easy E says:

      Galing din naman china ang mga cherry mobile phones. Oorderin lang CM yan loaded with pure android from same manufacturer kaya asahan nyo na sub-standard din ang quality nyan.

      To compare, may mga parehong sentimyento din naman ang mga customer ng Micromax, karbonn at Spice sa India. Hindi ko lang alam ang customer service and support. Yung CM kasi bagsak pareho.

  2. spiderman says:

    Siempre magsasamantala dito mga local companies…

  3. fanny says:

    will not buy an android one device until they have qHD screens and 2000mAh batteries, content with either chipset from mediatek or qualcomm. would be better if they have the newwer snapdragon 200’s. not a power user, just want a well balanced affordable phone much like the asus zenfone 5.

  4. berkano says:

    While it is good to have timely updates from Google itself, I have just realized that hardware support from Local companies leave a lot to be desired. Ofcourse it all boils down to how you handle your phone, but seriously you wouldn’t want to keep on going to a service center that doesn’t fix your phone right away.

  5. diego says:

    DOA imho. Pangit ang specs sa papel pero di pa natin alam kung anong mediatek soc ang gagamitin kaya abangan na lang natin. Sa ngayon, pumopogi ang CM windows phone…

  6. Anony Mouse says:

    LOL! Asa pa CM, eh rebrander lang naman sila at walang control sa quality ng mga handsets na sino-source lang nila sa cheap OEMs.

  7. mark says:

    December has passed but no android one is still missing in action.

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