Second generation of Android One smartphones expected before year end

Despite the fact that the launch of the first Android One smartphone offerings was only a week ago there is already talk of the second generation being readied. The Economic Times of India reports that the initial raft of Android One smartphones was so warmly and enthusiastically received that Google’s smartphone making partners are hurrying to improve, tweak, refine and polish their offerings as quickly as possible.

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Android One smartphone makers Karbonn, Spice and Intex are said to be looking to launch their second generation devices in India, starting from December. India was one of the first targets of the Android One program, which seeks to bring capable and up-to-date Android smartphones to the masses.

Karbonn Mobiles executive director Shashin Devsare is quoted as saying that “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”. Karbonn was among the first Android One device makers last week.

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Android One devices have been described by some mobile industry watchers as Google Nexus devices on the cheap. They offer a great price, access to Google’s latest software and apps, access to 3G and 4G networks and popular market specific tweaks such as dual-SIM and replaceable batteries. Like the Nexus devices they will get the latest Android releases very quickly and not have to wait for a long time for OS updates that might never actually arrive thanks to makers concentrating only upon new and flagship handsets.

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Markets outside of India, including Indonesia, Philippines and Pakistan will get Android One smartphones in the coming months. Also early bird manufacturers will face heavy competition with new Android One handsets coming from the likes of Acer, ASUS, HTC and Lenovo within a similar timeframe.

It will be interesting to see how good these budget smartphones can get despite their cost constraints. Will a few of these handsets get into the European and North American markets too? We’d like to see them on the shelves here to offer a refined budget Android experience.

Mark Tyson

Mark has worked for a number of years as a newshound on other technology news websites. He decided to write for Tech Assimilate thanks to this web site's open embracing vision of the fascinating world of personal technology. Mark has also worked in the printing and advertising industries for tens of years previously.

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